HC Deb 07 May 1973 vol 856 c11W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what products, whether agricultural or industrial, the United Kingdom, as an EEC member, no longer has the powers to conclude trade agreements with third countries.

Sir G. Howe

Trade agreements with third countries generally fall within the common commercial policy and are negotiated by the Commission under a mandate from the Council of Ministers. For some international commodity agreements the member countries and the Commission are co-signatories.