PRIME Minister David Cameron is today expected to hand trade roles to prominent peers as part of a wider plan to boost the UK’s overseas trade.
Under the plans, first reported by Sky News, leading members of the House of Lords will be allocated specific countries or regions and asked to exploit their connections to help boost British industry.
Initial appointments are expected to include Lord Puttnam, the Labour peer who directed Chariots of Fire, who will take responsibility for Vietnam.
Lib Dem Baroness Bonham-Carter is set take responsibility for Mexico and Conservative Lord Risby will deal with Angola.
The government has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to overseas trade and has instructed all foreign embassies to work on improving trade links, in addition to their traditional political and consular roles.