HC Deb 02 July 1979 vol 969 cc903-4
26. Mr. John Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Trade when next he expects to meet the EEC Trade Ministers.

Mr. Parkinson

My right hon. Friend attends meetings of the EEC Foreign Affairs Council when trade matters are discussed, as do his counterparts in most other member States. My right hon. Friend expects to attend the next Foreign Affairs Council on 23 July.

Mr. Evans

Will the Minister ask his right hon. Friend to discuss with the EEC Trade Ministers the likely impact of EEC trade with black Africa following the decision of the Government to deliver oil to South Africa and the likelihood of the Prime Minister lifting sanctions against Zimbabwe-Rhodesia?

Mr. Parkinson

I note the hon. Gentleman's remarks. It is a delicate subject and negotiations are at a delicate stage. I would rather not comment upon them at the moment.

Mr. Dykes

Will the Government press for the EEC Trade Mark Office to be located in London?

Mr. Parkinson

Yes, Sir.