To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the cost of his two Welsh export breakfasts; and how many (a) business men and (b) officials he expects to attend.
[holding answer 24 March 1988]: The catering costs, the hire of the venues, the costs associated with the presenter, the speakers, the equipment and the road crews came to £29,488·94 inclusive of VAT. The audiovisual element will be used generally by Welsh Office export staff and will feature in other presentations. Together, the two breakfasts stimulated a terrific turnout of almost 1,200 business men and women. Sixteen of my officials attended the Cardiff event, and 10 were at Rhyl. The breakfasts have already resulted in a considerable increase in inquiries for export services and have been widely praised by those who attended.