HC Deb 06 November 1980 vol 991 cc625-6W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what action he is taking in the light of evidence that Quinton Hazell Supreme Holdings, a British-owned company operating in South Africa, now employs twice as many workers paid below the minimum recommended by the EEC and Department of Trade codes as it did in 1979; and what action he is taking to discover if the same trend applies to other companies in South Africa.

Mr. Parkinson

None. A report on the recent performance of Quinton Hazell Superite Holdings Ltd. under the volun-

has been for total manufactures and semi-manufactures for each month since January 1979; and what is his analysis of the effect of the recession in the last six months.

Mr. Parkinson

The information is given in the table below. On the final part of the question, lower demand in the United Kingdom has certainly led to a reduction in import growth from the Community, despite exceptional arrivals in the first half of the year of silver and of iron and steel. Our exports to the Community are determined, principally, by the level of demand there, and by our competitive position.

tary European code of conduct can be had on application to the Burmah Oil Co. Ltd. The performance of other British companies in South Africa can be judged by inspection of their reports under the code as the become available.