§ Mr. Jim Lester
asked the Secretary of State for Trade, in view of the fact that more than half the quota under certain heads has been imported during the last three months, in what ways he proposes to ensure that quota restrictions are maintained on textile imports from Hong Kong under the MFA agreement.
§ Mr. Meacher
Quotas under the agreement between the EEC and Hong Kong are administered by the Hong Kong authorities who allocate the quotas to exporters up to the agreed limits. United 687W Kingdom import licences are issued only against authorised export licences to ensure that the quotas are not exceeded. Within the overall quota limits for the year, there are no additional restrictions on the amount which can be imported during a particular period.