HC Deb 14 July 1980 vol 988 cc367-8W
35. Mr. Peter Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what response has been made to the threat of retaliatory import controls by the United States of America against up to 30 types of British exports.

Mr. Parkinson

The EC Commission, with the support of the United Kingdom Government, is seeking to reach an agreement with the United States whereby the latter would accept certain reductions in the common external tariff, in return for which the United States would forgo its rights under the GATT to retaliation against EC exports for the measures taken by the Community to restrict imports of certain synthetic textiles into the United Kingdom.