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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr Daly y asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice -

1.   Have any members of the Commonwealth Parliament been included in trade delegations sent abroad since the last elections?

2.   If so, what are the names of the members and the countries visited?

3.   Will he give consideration to the inclusion of representatives of both Government and Opposition parties in future trade delegations?

Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are - 1 and 2. Members of the Commonwealth Parliament have not been included in trade missions sent abroad since the last elections. °

3.   Trade missions which have been sponsored or assisted by the Government consist of representatives of commercial firms and banks whose object is to sell their products in the countries visited or to investigate market prospects on behalf of client companies. The Commonwealth's activities are confined to the provision of organizational facilities and supporting publicity, which assists in creating a favorable climate in which mission members are better able successfully to pursue their primary purposes. As they are mostly selling missions the nomination of members of Parliament to these missions is not considered to be appropriate.

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