HC Deb 01 April 1976 vol 908 cc549-50W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list those products on which countries impose quotas on imports from Great Britain, and vice versa.

Mr. Shore

I regret that the information on other countries import quotas could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Broadly, however, there are no quota restrictions on trade between the United Kingdom and countries in the EEC, EFTA and, with some exceptions, the OECD; but the developing countries do have a wide range of quota restrictions. Details of quotas on imports into the United Kingdom are given in Notices to Importers which are published in "Trade and Industry". Broadly these cover cotton yarn from Japan, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, State trading countries and certain developing countries; woven cotton cloth and made-ups from Japan, State trading countries and certain developing countries; woven polyester cotton cloth and made-ups from Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Colombia and Thailand; woven man-made fibre cloth from Portugal; man-made fibre yarn and woven cloth, woven wool cloth, knitted made-ups of man-made fibre and of wool from Japan and State trading countries; woollen suits from some State trading countries. In the case of some countries with whom the EEC have negotiated agreements under the GATT Multi-Fibre Arrangement, or on which controls have been imposed, the restrictions also cover knitted cotton as well as yarn and man-made fibre textiles and clothing. Apart from these restrictions on textiles and doming we also have quotas on imports from State trading countries on footwear, hats, pottery, aluminium, radios and television sets and electronic components; there are also quotas on bananas and rum from the dollar area.

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