HC Deb 29 January 1962 vol 652 cc48-9W
47. Sir D. Walker-Smith

asked the Lord Privy Seal, whether, on the coming into effect of the second stage of the European Economic Community as provided for by Article 8 of the Treaty of Rome, he will publish in a Command Paper or otherwise a statement by commodities of the reductions in tariffs in relation to the countries of the Community which the United Kingdom would have to make during the period covered by the second stage.

Mr. Heath

No. All goods would be affected by tariff reductions made in accordance with the Treaty of Rome on imports from other member States if we joined the E.E.C. Article 14 (2) (b) provides that during the second stage, which has just begun, there shall be three such tariff reductions, each of 10 per cent. Under the acceleration decision of the E.E.C. of May, 1960, internal tariffs have already been cut by 40 per cent. and there may well be further decisions amending the timetable.