HC Deb 29 November 1971 vol 827 cc38-9W
Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the fact that the present quotas for British road hauliers to take their vehicles into France, Germany and Italy, are inadequate at the present time, he will give an undertaking that in connection with his future negotiations with regard to detailed arrangements for the entry of Great Britain into the European Economic Community, he will endeavour to get these restrictions removed entirely, or at least raised to a level which will not materially interfere with the growth of the British export trade into those countries.

Mr. Peyton

By agreement with those countries, the quotas are regularly reviewed and useful increases have recently been secured in each of them. The matter has not been raised in negotiations over United Kingdom accession to the European Communities, since even among existing Member States, international road haulage is, in the main, regulated by bilateral agreements. After accession my aim will continue to be the maximum liberalisation of international road haulage operations.