HC Deb 27 July 2000 vol 354 c719W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the size is of the joint DTI-FCO budget for export promotion referred to in paragraph 15.2 of the Spending Review 2000; and how much was spent by these two Departments on export promotion in(a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999. [132453]

Mr. Caborn

[holding answer 25 July 2000]The total budget for 2000–01 for the trade development and promotion activities of British Trade International (branded as Trade Partners UK) is approximately £187 million. This includes administration costs and programmes of support for business, but excludes certain FCO overheads. A breakdown is provided in the answer given to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) on 21 June 2000,Official Report. columns 184–85W.

For previous years the information is:

£ million
1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
Programme expenditure 54 58 57
Administration costs 24 24 25
Administration costs1 2 130 3139
1 Including overheads
2 The FCO did not collate information on budgets for export promotion only prior to 1998–99. Expenditure for commercial work in 1997–98, which was primarily for export promotion, was £156 million
3 Estimated

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