asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to which geographical areas Her Majesty's Government attach the highest priority in their overseas trade policy for the next two years with specific reference to exports of consumer durable goods.
There are opportunities for sales of consumer durable goods in a wide range of countries, particularly the OECD countries. Firms need to take account of the price, performance, and type of goods before deciding where the best prospects lie. Where particularly good opportunities arise my Department and the Diplomatic Service Posts overseas work with the industry to exploit them. The task force for Do-It-Yourself goods in Italy is a recent successful example. The accession of Spain and Portugal to the Community will create new opportunities and a special programme is being mounted to help industry pursue exports in these countries.