HL Deb 24 June 1954 vol 188 cc91-2WA

asked Her Majesty's Government whether any, and if so which, Department of State has pre- pared any convenient summary of restrictions and obstacles upon imports into the United States of America, including tariffs, preferences for American contractors, obstacles due to classification of rules and practices, or impracticable marking requirements, publishing and copyright restrictions, restrictions imposed on public health grounds, miscellaneous administrative restrictions and the like; and whether an undertaking can be given that before any re-negotiation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade this information could be embodied in a White Paper or otherwise made available.


No suitable summary of the various legislative and administrative obstacles to imports mentioned by the noble Lord is available from among the examinations which have been undertaken individually and collectively by Departments at various times on United States trading policies and practices. A number of comprehensive studies have, however, been made in the United States. The most convenient and comprehensive of these is the report by the Public Advisory Board for Mutual Security to the President of the United States, commonly known as the Bell Report, which was published in February, 1953. This is still substantially up to date, and I will make it available in the Library for reference. If the noble Lord wishes further information on any point, I will endeavour to obtain this for him.

House adjourned at ten minutes past three o'clock.