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Far East (Visit)

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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Q26.

asked the Prime Minister what reactions she has received from British industry and commerce to her visit to the far east; and what prospects for improved export performances to the countries visited she now expects.

Reaction to my visit has been very positive. United Kingdom companies active in these markets have reported an improvement in the general climate for doing business. I am confident that there is now a much greater awareness—at the highest level—of the capabilities of British industry. The success of my visit has made a significant contribution towards the improvement of bilateral relations, which will undoubtedly benefit our companies.

Q66.

asked the Prime Minister why her press secretary, Mr. Bernard Ingham, accompanied her on her recent official visit to the far east; and in how many previous such visits he has taken part.

To advise me on, and handle, my relations with the media and to brief journalists as required by the duties of his office. He has accompanied me on all bar one of my visits overseas since he took up his post on 1 November 1979.