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Overseas Trade: Seychelles

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to increase trade between the United Kingdom and the Seychelles; how much his Department and its predecessor spent on the promotion of trade between the United Kingdom and the Seychelles in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. (205073)

The Department has no current or future plans to increase trade between the UK and Seychelles. There has been no spending on promotion of trade between UK and Seychelles in the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials in his Department work on the promotion of trade between the United Kingdom and the Seychelles, broken down by grade; and what the equivalent numbers were for the Department of Trade and Industry in (a) 1983, (b) 1987 and (c) each year between 1998 and 2005. (205074)

No officials in BERR or its predecessor Department are, or have been, specifically engaged in promoting trade between the United Kingdom and Seychelles for at least 10 years. No records are available for 1983 and 1987.