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    Britain's annual International Boat show opened low on lighting and heating in London on Wednesday (January 2).

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    Britain's annual International Boat show opened low on lighting and heating in London on Wednesday (January 2).

    The show -- now in its 20th year -- ahead despite the energy crisis and the Government's electricity and working hour curbs.

    But limited quantities of electricity are being supplied to the Earls Court Exhibition Hall, where the boat displays covers hundreds of thousands of square feet. As a further energy-saving measure, the show will close early each day.

    The exhibition organisers claimed the show was entertainment and should go ahead without energy restrictions. But under the Government's power saving policy it has been classified as industrial.

    Seven hundred boats -- ranging from yachts to the latest model power vessels -- are on show this year. But the international oil shortage has cast a shadow over the future of the power boat industry and many companies expressed concern that sales would drop sharply this year.

    Meanwhile, the Association of Exhibition Organisers has warned the British Government that restrictions on exhibitions this year will have a serious effect on the balance of payments, exports and imports.

    The Association said exhibition restrictions would mean a loss in export orders, and give Britain's competitors an immediate price advantage.

    SYNOPSIS: Britain's annual International Boat show opened in London on Wednesday -- low on lighting and heating. The show -- now in its twentieth year -- went ahead despite the energy crisis and the Government's electricity and working-hour curbs. But limited quantities of electricity are being supplied to the Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Where the boat displays cover hundreds of thousands of square feet.

    As a further energy-saving measure, the show will close early each day. The exhibition organisers claimed the show was entertainment and should go ahead without energy restrictions. But under the Government's power saving policy, it has been classified industrial.

    The Show opened with a determined atmosphere of fun, despite the inconveniences of dim lights and little heating. Seven hundred boats are on show -- ranging from yachts to the latest in power vessels. But the international oil shortage has cast a shadow over the future of the power-boat industry. Many companies expressed concern that sales would fall off sharply this year.

    For British boat manufacturer -- and for other export firms relying on industrial exhibitions -- the restrictions on this year's boat show are ominous. The Association of Exhibition Organisers has warned the Government that exhibition restrictions will have a serious affect on the balance of payments, exports and imports. The Association said restrictions would disrupt the traditional function of trade exhibitions, and lead to a loss in export orders. The Association said restrictions would also give Britain's competitors an immediate price advantage.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF345VQKHP1O6LA19IYO0Y1E1N
    Media URN:
    VLVAF345VQKHP1O6LA19IYO0Y1E1N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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