HC Deb 29 June 1983 vol 44 c76W
38. Mr. Latham

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the operation of the multi-fibre arrangement, and its effects on the hosiery and knitwear trade in particular.

Mr. Parkinson

All the bilateral agreements between the Community and the supplying countries negotiated under the multi-fibre arrangement have been in place since the beginning of this year and are operating smoothly. It is my intention to ensure that they are implemented fully and I believe they offer the whole industry, including the hosiery and knitwear sectors, a real measure of certainty about the extent of low-cost imports which will help it plan its strategy for the next few years.