HC Deb 16 July 1962 vol 663 cc23-4W
Sir T. Moore

asked the President of the Board of Trade for what reasons, during his recent visit to Poland, he signed a protocol obliging this country to offer quotas for an additional £24 million worth of Polish imports into Great Britain; why no formal steps were taken to consult the British producers of glucose products before the additional Polish imports were agreed; and what steps have been taken to ensure that the imparts will not involve dumping at uneconomic prices harmful to the British industries concerned.

Mr. Erroll

The Agreed Minute between the United Kingdom and Poland which was signed in Warsaw on the 12th June in my presence covers new quota lists for the twelve months commencing 1st July, 1962. The quotas have been increased on each side, the increased import quotas for Poland being balanced by increased export quotas to Poland. As glucose enters the United Kingdom under open general licence, no quota for glucose was established and the question of consulting the glucose industry formally about these imports did not arise. The glucose industry has already been informed that the Board of Trade would consider on its merits an application for action under the antidumping legislation if the industry could show that dumping was causing or threatening them with material injury.