HC Deb 09 February 1973 vol 850 cc200-1W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will outline the changes in Commonwealth Preference on United Kingdom imports which came into operation on 1st February.

Sir G. Howe

The main change affecting Commonwealth Preference on 1st February was the introduction of charges under the common agricultural policy with the removal of the protective import duty on products subject only to agricultural levies. Apart from a few minor adjustments, the full protective duties on other agricultural products, including processed foodstuffs, continue in force unchanged. There was no change in Commonwealth Preference on non-agricultural products.