HL Deb 20 December 1979 vol 403 cc1818-20WA

Baroness HORNSBY-SMITH asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the EEC regarding suits currently being exported from Romania to Italy at a landed price of £8 and re-exported to this country as Common Market free circulation goods.


On November 14th the Government applied to the EEC Commission for authority under Article 115 to withhold import licences from Romanian suits in free circulation in the Community. The Commission rejected this application, pointing out that at the time it was made the quota for Romanian suits imported direct from Romania was not fully used. The United Kingdom is now consulting with the Commission on the price of these goods in the context of the price clause in the bilateral EEC/Romania textiles agreement concluded under the Multifibre Arrangement.

House adjourned at four minutes past twelve noon until Tuesday, 15th January next.