§ 37 and 38. Mr. Gurden
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he is aware that the retention of duties on motor vehicles and components by Portugal is not in accordance with the spirit of the Stockholm Convention; and whether he will make a renewed effort to have them removed, in view of the abolition of the import surcharge;
(2) whether, in view of the abolition of the import surcharge, he will make renewed representation to the Swiss Government regarding the tariffs on private cars, and light commercial vehicles, which are retained as being revenue duties.
§ The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Douglas Jay)
We take every opportunity of pressing our view that the E.F.T.A. relationship should be reflected in the duties charged on motor vehicles.
§ Mr. Gurden
I appreciate that the right hon. Gentleman takes some action in this regard. Does he point out that Britain is Portugal's best customer and that Portugal has retained two-thirds of its pre-E.F.T.A. duties on our motor cars and products?
§ Mr. Eyre
Whilst appreciating the special difficulty of Finland due to Soviet trading pressure, is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the British motor manufacturers—[HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."]—are unfairly deprived of an advantage by the Government's harmful domestic economic measures? [HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."] Will he try to compensate for this harm by exerting himself abroad?