§ 50. Mr. Campbell-Savours
asked the Minister of Transport, in the light of the bribery by British nationals of State officials in the European Community, what representations his Department is making to our European partners on the question of modifications to the agreement on the international movement of road transport and the allocation of permits; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
We are not satisfied with the present restraint on the allocation of permits to British hauliers by some of our European partners. We have recently negotiated a generous increase in the permits allotted by the Federal Republic of Germany. We hope to obtain shortly an increase in the number of EEC permits. We continue to press for the liberalisation of freight movement and progress towards an EEC common transport policy. I hope to meet the hon. Member to discuss his particular complaints about the present situation.