HC Deb 23 November 1964 vol 702 cc131-2W
83. Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what representations he has received about the legality of the action of Her Majesty's Government in imposing the recent 15 per cent. surcharge on certain categories of imported goods; and what reply he has sent.

Mr. George Thomson

Formal representations have been received from some members of the European Free Trade Association and from the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community. They are still under consideration. Meanwhile, discussions are taking place bilaterally and between the members of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the European Free Trade Association and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. There has also been an exchange of views in the Western European Union.