HC Deb 09 December 1985 vol 88 c435W
Sir Paul Bryan

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his policy towards the phasingout of European Economic Community restrictions on textile imports from Hong Kong on account of its open market.

Mr. Channon

As I told the House during the debate on the multi-fibre arrangement, restrictions on textile and clothing imports from Hong Kong, which is a major supplier to the Community, cannot be ended at this stage. But I also made clear that in the forthcoming negotiations I would seek above average improvements in access levels for countries such as Hong Kong which have low barriers to the Community's own exports.

Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give the import figures for textiles and clothing in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The information is as follows:

United Kingdom imports
£ million (cif)
1975 1,207
1976 1,618
1977 1,908
1978 2,387
1979 2,885
1980 2,762
1981 3,163
1982 3,414
1983 3,918
1984 4,705


SITC/R2 Divisions 65 and 84 (less Group 848), Groups 266 and 267 and Sub-group 268.7 (pan), in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics; and corresponding headings under SITC/R1.