HC Deb 03 November 1955 vol 545 c1189
15. Mr. Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he has taken, in the interests of our export trade, following the 50 per cent. increase by the United States of America on imported bicycles; and what success has been gained by his representations.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The United States Government have agreed to enter into consultation under Article XIX of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade for compensation in respect of this increased duty.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right hon. Gentleman state when he expects these consultations to take place, because it is a very important matter, and it should be dealt with expeditiously?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I would not like to give a specific date. It is linked with a number of other problems, including general consultations on tariff negotiations.