HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 cc37-8W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what action he is taking to reverse the large imbalance of trade between Great Britain and France; and if he will consider asking the French drastically to reduce the level of imports coming into the United Kingdom.

Mr. Parkinson

The Government's policies are aimed at providing an economic climate which will encourage

Principal Occupation Present part-time Government appointments (other than the Price Commission)
Mr. Charles Williams
Deputy Chairmen—part-time—
Mr. John Hughes Principal-elect, Ruskin College, Oxford Member, the Industrial Development Advisory Board
Mr. Leslie R. Pincott Retired Managing Director, Esso Petroleum Company. Vice-Chairman, Remploy Ltd.
Mr. Seamus Sweetman, M.B.E. Retired Vice-Chairman of Unilever Ltd.
Mrs. Mollie Bray Housewife
Ms. Brenda Dean Member, National Executive, SOGAT Member, the Printing and Publishing Industry Training Board; Member, Women's National Commission; Member, Supplementary Benefits Commission; Member, Industrial Tribunal Panel
The Lord Donnet of Balgay, C.B.E. Chairman, Scottish Transport Group Member, Scottish Economic Council
Mr. Ian Hay Davison Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen & Co.
Mr. Harry Hill Chairman, International Division, Beecham Products.
Sir Nick Larmour, K.C.M.G. Retired Deputy Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mr. Roger Opie, C.B.E. Fellow, New College, Oxford Member, Monopolies and Mergers Commission
Mr. Ronald Richardson, C.B.E. Retired Deputy Chairman of the Electricity Council.
Mrs. Rachel Waterhouse Housewife Member, National Consumer Council Ministerial nominee, Potato Marketing Board Member, Advisory Council on Asbestos

Mr. Philip Holland

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list in the Official Report the qualifications including previous appointments in the selection of Ministers held by each member of the Price Commission.

United Kingdom manufacturers to take advantage of the market opportunities existing both in the United Kingdom and abroad in order to improve our balance of trade. Action to restrict imports from another EEC member State would be contrary to article 30 of the Treaty of Rome.