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Overseas Trade: China

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

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 China; and how many in his predecessor Department did so in (a) 1983, (b) 1987 and (c) each year between 1998 and 2006. (209100)

There are currently seven full-time equivalent positions working on trade promotion with China in UK Trade and Investment's China Markets Unit based in London.

Figures for staff in the unit for previous years are as follows:

Number

2007

7

2006

6

2005

7

In addition there are, and have been historically, a significant number of officials within BERR, UKTI and the former DTI who deal with trade promotion with China as part of their broader responsibilities. This information is not held centrally though, and to establish proportionate full-time equivalent figures would entail disproportionate costs.

70.75 full-time equivalent staff based in the British embassy and consulates general in China work on trade promotion with China. In addition, since 2007, 28 full-time equivalent staff of the China Britain Business Council, based in the UK and China, have delivered, on behalf of UKTI, the majority of trade services in respect of China.

Historical data for previous years would require information from a number of sources, some of which are not held centrally. Such information may be obtained only at disproportionate cost.