§ 24. Mr. Ashdown
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will reform the system of tariffs on imports of microprocessors and semi-conductors so that they no longer operate in favour of foreign-made microprocessors.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
The Government are considering the recommendation of the electronics economic development committee that the tariff on semi-conductors should be reduced. As the unanimous agreement of EC member states is necessary for any reduction to be made in the common customs tariff, we will also have to discuss this within the Community.