HC Deb 30 March 1961 vol 637 cc1497-8
2. Mr. Worsley

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to maintain the export trade in worsted yarn to the countries of the European Common Market, especially Germany.

Mr. Maudling

We are seeking a reduction in the Common Market tariff in the current negotiations in Geneva.

Mr. Worsley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this matter is causing great concern in my constituency, which produces about a quarter of the exports to the Common Market, particularly to Germany? Does my right hon. Friend agree that we shall not have the opportunities to maintain this trade unless we are able to get into the Common Market? Will he pursue policies in that direction?

Mr. Maudling

The last part of the supplementary question is going a little wide. I agree on the importance of this item of trade and we are doing all that we can to protect it. I am hopeful of success.