HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc167-8W
Lieut. - Colonel Bromley - Davenport

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will specify the Article or Articles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade under which this country is permitted to impose quantitative restrictions on the imports into this country of flower bulbs from the Benelux countries for balance of payments reasons but not to take similar action with regard to imports of bacon.

Sir D. Eccles

Article XII permits quantitative restrictions on imports so far as they are necessary to safeguard the balance of payments. At present the re-imposition of restrictions on imports of bacon could not be justified from those countries which are members of the G.A.T.T.