HC Deb 07 December 1961 vol 650 cc176-7W
35. Commander Courtney

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the necessity for cushioning the effect upon certain protected United Kingdom industries as a result of possible entry into the Common Market, he will consider issuing a comprehensive list of the industries which are most vulnerable in this respect, together with the corresponding present amount of import duty payable by European competitors.

Mr. Erroll

No. The effect of entering the Common Market will vary from industry to industry and product to product. British industry as a whole has welcomed the prospect of a single market in Western Europe. The elimination of tariffs over a period of time will provide an opportunity for adjustment.

37. Mr. Swingler

asked the President of the Board of Trade what study he has made of the effect, if Great Britain enters the Common Market, on Government aid for the film producing industry by way of levy, quota and the National Film Finance Corporation, in view of the provisions of Clause 92 (3) of the Treaty of Rome.

Mr. Erroll

Article 92 of the Treaty of Rome provides for the possible continuance of State aids in certain circumstances. I understand that the European Economic Community has not yet decided upon the application of these provisions to the various forms of assistance currently extended to their own films industries. It is impossible to decide, in advance of the evolution of a common films policy under the Treaty of Rome and of discussions with the Community, to what extent, if at all, Government aid to the British film industry would need to be modified if we joined the Community.