§ 34. Mr. Simeons
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to safeguard the interests of the ball bearing industry from unfair Japanese competition.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
A recent request by the industry for the Government to 29 ask the Japanese Government to limit voluntarily the growth of bearings sales to this country is under urgent consideration. We await further information which industry has been asked to provide.
§ Mr. Simeons
In view of the impact that these Japanese imports are having on future employment prospects in the industry, will my hon. Friend urge upon the industry the necessity for a quick answer and then get weaving himself when he has got it?
Mr. Bob Brown
Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the serious danger to the employment prospects of many thousands of employees in the ball bearing and machine tool industry? Will he accept the urgency of making the strongest possible representations on this issue?