HC Deb 28 January 1970 vol 794 cc335-6W
14. Mr. Gregory

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action the Board of Trade has taken to publicise to British industry the procedure for making anti-dumping applications.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

After the enactment of the Amendment Act of 1968, the board produced a revised and extended leaflet for guidance of applicants. This has been widely distributed, and attention was drawn to it in a leading article published in the Board of Trade Journal on 23rd July, 1969, which was noted by the national press. Board of Trade officials are ready at any time to explain to interested inquirers the procedure for making an anti-dumping application.

16. Mr. Will Owen

asked the President of the Board of Trade in respect of which

During the past five years the following major British Weeks have been staged:
1965: Amsterdam and Milan,
1966: Hongkong and Lyons,
1967: Brussels and Toronto,
1968: Stockholm,
1969: Tokyo and Vienna.

Increased exports from the United Kingdom to the respective countries are shown in the following table:

£ million
Country 1965 1966 1967 1968 December*
Netherlands 193.1 196.3 193.7 242.3 278.9
Italy … 108.9 128.0 140.3 160.3 191.0
Hong Kong 65.0 64.9 61.0 76.4 87.1
France 177.2 197.3 204.4 234.4 291.0
Belgium 169.2 180.8 177.6 233.9 280.8
Canada 200.6 215.3 213.5 259.1 300.6
Sweden 219.5 229.9 218.9 256.3 294.8
Japan 50.6 65.0 82.8 94.9 124.7
Austria 34.6 40.8 38.6 51.0 69.4
* Provisional.

British industry his Department has received the highest number of applications concerning dumped imports; and what protection has been afforded by antidumping action.

Mr. Mason

More than a quarter of the total number of 115 formal applications received since 1957 have come from the chemical industry, which made 33 applications. Anti-dumping action was taken in 18 of its cases, nine were rejected and six were withdrawn by the applicants before the investigation was completed. The Government's willingness to act where a sufficient case is made out has probably had a deterrent effect on potential dumpers.