HC Deb 23 May 1969 vol 784 c170W
Mr. Prior

asked the President of the President of the Board of Trade by what amount imports of frozen plaice fillets from Denmark and Holland have increased in the first three months of this year compared with the same period of 1968.

Mr. Dell

Imports from Denmark fell from 336 tons in the first three months of 1968 to 287 tons from the Netherlands this year; imports increased from 59 tons to 356 tons.

Mr. Prior

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what representations have been made to him by the fishing industry to introduce anti-dumping regulations against frozen plaice fillets from Hollands and Denmark;

(2) whether he is aware that frozen plaice fillets are being sold in this country at a price lower than their cost of production; and if he will consult with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with a view to take the necessary action.

Mr. Crosland

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary told the hon. Member on 7th February, 1968, that the British white fish industry can apply to the Board of Trade for anti-dumping action if they have prima facie evidence of dumping and of material injury caused or threatened to them thereby. No such application has been made. The Board of Trade would not enquire into the cost of production of these goods unless they needed to do so when considering an anti-dumping application.—[Vol. 758. c. 127.]