HC Deb 05 May 1975 vol 891 c1008
19. Mr. Spicer

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will pay an official visit to Sweden.

Mr. Shore

I made an official visit to Sweden on 14th and 15th January last. I have no present plans for a further visit.

Mr. Spicer

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply. During that visit, was he able to speak to those people in the Swedish steel industry who are concerned with exports of Swedish steel to within the EEC? Did they express their concern at the fact that all the pricing and quota agreements for Swedish steel are laid down by the Community and that only after that system has been laid down are the Swedes invited to enter to be informed of the result of the discussions within the EEC?

Mr. Shore

I note what the hon. Member says. I do not recall this matter being raised with me in what was inevitably a fairly brief visit to the Swedish company. I suppose that if it had been at the top of their minds and had been a matter of great concern to them, I should have heard about it.