HC Deb 21 March 1972 vol 833 c304W
Mr. Lamond

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to assist the Lancashire textile industry to compete for markets within the European Economic Community after 1st January, 1973.

Mr. Ridley

It is for the industry to prepare itself to meet the new opportunities. Both management and union leaders have expressed confidence in the industry's ability to compete successfully within the Community, and I share their confidence.