§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will specify in detail Her Majesty's Government's proposals to the European Economic Community for improved access to the European Economic Community for Third world products in the forthcoming general agreement on tariffs and trade negotiations.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The declaration of GATT Ministers on opening the Uruguay round, agreed on 20 September, establishes the basis of negotiations for all 92 contracting parties to GATT. The declaration provides, inter alia, that the negotiations shall aim to bring about further liberalisation and expansion of world trade to the benefit of all countries, especially the less developed, including the improvement of access to markets; also to improve the multilateral trading system, and to bring about a wider coverage of world trade under GATT disciplines. The declaration records the developing countries' expectation that as their economic and commercial situations improve they will participate more fully in the framework of rights and obligations under the general agreement. All the major concerns of both developed and developing countries will therefore be addressed. A copy of the declaration has been placed in the Library.