HC Deb 02 July 1979 vol 969 cc897-8
18. Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Trade when next he expects to meet representatives of the British Textiles Confederation.

Mr. Parkinson

My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Trade and for Industry and I will be meeting the representatives of the confederation very shortly.

Mr. Arnold

When my hon. Friend sees the representatives of the confederation, will he seek to reassure them about the arrangements he proposes to enter into governing imports of Portuguese textiles in the event of Portugal becoming a member of the EEC?

Mr. Parkinson

Yes. My hon. Friend who takes a keen interest in these matters, will be pleased to know that the Portuguese authorities have affirmed their determination to stand by the quota arrangements and recognise that there is need for the careful negotiations mentioned by my hon. Friend.

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