HC Deb 04 July 1979 vol 969 cc613-4W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what action his Department will take to increase tariffs on United States commodities, particularly textiles, entering the United Kingdom because of the policy of the dual pricing of oil in the United States, which gives their manufacturers a substantial commercial advantage.

Mr. Parkinson

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 2 July 1979], gave the following answer:

The EEC Council of Ministers has agreed that the Community will have recourse without delay to the appropriate provisions of the GATT should the Community textiles market be disrupted on account of artificial differences in energy and feedstock prices available to overseas producers.

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