§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the present state of the negotiations on the future of the multifibre arrangement.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
[pursuant to his reply 6 February 1986, c. 251]: Discussions are in progress in the Community on a mandate for the negotiations on the renewal of the MFA. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has recently met the industry and other interested parties. I intend to keep closely in touch with interested parties in the United Kingdom on this.