Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Federation of Small Businesses

  We have focused on the role played by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry in promoting business opportunities in Wales and how these have integrated with the new organisations created by the National Assembly.

  The majority of promotion abroad of business links, export opportunities and inward investment is handled by the WDA, Wales Trade International and the Wales Tourist Board, all of which report to the National Assembly.

  The area we then researched was how the promotion of Wales was integrated into the promotion of the UK. For example, Wales Trade International is on the board of British Trade International and will be exhibiting at trade fairs as part of British Trade International stands.

  It is clear that much work has been done by the FCO and DTI to integrate devolved thinking, including having secondees from the National Assembly staff to ensure that the Departments do promote Wales in its work promoting the UK.

  We feel that these UK Departments are working for Wales and will, as the relationship between the National Assembly and the Government Departments are established, work effectively for Wales.

  In light of the above, we feel that this is possibly a subject that would warrant investigation at a later date due to the need for working practices to be implemented between the organisations mentioned.

Russell Lawson

Head of Press and Parliamentary Affairs in Wales

23 October 2000

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