HC Deb 03 April 1963 vol 675 c459

First, some changes affecting certain of the duties charged on imports from our partners in the European Free Trade Association.

Under the Stockholm Treaty we must, by 1965, eliminate the protective element in the revenue duties charged on certain goods coming from other countries of the E.F.T.A. Last year, my predecessor made a start in this direction by introducing reduced rates of E.F.T.A. duties for certain goods. As the E.F.T.A. timetable for the reduction of protective tariffs generally has been accelerated, it is right that we should take parallel action in reducing the protective elements in the revenue duties. I therefore propose as from tomorrow to make reductions in favour of our E.F.T.A. partners of roughly the same magnitude and in the same duties as was done last year.

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