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Consultants (Overseas Contracts)

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the scope and level of support given by his Department to United Kingdom consultants seeking contracts abroad; and what information he has as to how this compares with other Governments' assistance to their consultants.

British consultants have benefited substantially from the Government's contribution to multilateral aid agencies, from our bilateral aid programme, and from the services available under the schemes of support administered by the British Overseas Trade Board. Direct comparisons are difficult, but the opportunities created compare favourably with those available to foreign competitors.