13. Colonel Clarke
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he is taking to alleviate any prejudicial effect on the British export coal trade arising from the decision of G.A.T.T. to give permission to the Schuman Plan countries to abolish tariffs on coal between themselves.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
At present, none of the Schuman countries impose tariffs on coal imports. They have also given assurances to the contracting parties of G.A.T.T. that their future tariff policies towards the outside world are likely to be less, rather than more, restrictive than at present.
While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask if he will ensure that coal exporters are kept in touch with any developments that may affect them in the execution of their business?