HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 cc110-1W
Mr. Sims

asked the Minister for Trade what information he has about proposals by the Government of Taiwan to introduce labelling legislation; and what representations he has made in this connection in view of its effect on exports to Taiwan of British spirits.

Mr. Peter Rees

The new commodity labelling law was promulgated in Taiwan on 22 January 1982 and became effective on 22 July 1982.

To obtain compliance with the new law the authorities in Taiwan have issued instructions requiring certain information to be provided in Chinese on printed labels for all imported wines and liquors.

As the United Kingdom has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, direct representations are not possible. I understand that the Anglo-Taiwan trade committee, on behalf of United Kingdom manufactureres of spirits, has made representations to the authorities on points of concern. My Department will maintain close contact with the manufactures and the committee.

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