HC Deb 05 June 1962 vol 661 cc39-40W
52. Mrs. Castle

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many countries have ratified the long-term agreement drawn up by the Cotton Textiles Committee of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade last January; whether the percentage increases in quotas provided for in Annex A have yet been announced; and whether he will place a copy of these in the Library, together with a copy of the protocol dealing with the special position of the United Kingdom textile industry.

Sir K. Joseph

No country has yet accepted the arrangement which is not due to come into effect until 1st October, 1962. Quota increases are due to be announced on acceptance. I am placing in the Library copies of a statement about the agreed procedure under which the United Kingdom will be able to make a reservation with regard to certain provisions of the arrangement.