§ Q8. Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Prime Minister if he will discuss with the Heads of Government of the European Free Trade Association countries ways and means of developing European Free Trade Association trade, in view of the fact that the application to enter the European Economic Community has been rejected.
§ The Prime Minister
I would refer my hon. Friend to the communique issued after the Ministerial Meeting of the European Free Trade Area Councils in London three weeks ago from which she will see a wide ranging programme of studies at official level has been put in hand, including studies to improve still further the trading opportunities opened up by the Free Trade Area. I see no need, therefore, for a further early Ministerial Meeting.