HC Deb 18 February 1980 vol 979 c50W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade, in view of the artificially low price of Romanian suits imported into the United Kingdom, which is adding to the redundancies in the menswear industry, and the unwillingness of the Commission to operate the multi-fibre agreement price clause, if he will seek to take unilateral measures to stop imports.

Mr. Parkinson

[pursuant to his reply, 13 February 1980, c. 652–3]: Romanian suits imported into the United Kingdom are limited by a quota. This is subject to a price clause. The United Kingdom has, however, no powers to act unilaterally. Discussions between EEC member States and the Commission on the possible implementation of the price clause are continuing as a matter of urgency.