HC Deb 01 July 1986 vol 100 cc463-4W
Mr. Baldry

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the implications of the Canadian Government implementing a 10 per cent. tariff on British books for Her Majesty's Government's negotiating position in connection with the general agreement on tariff and trade.

Mr. Alan Clark

GATT ecourages, but does not require, its signatories to enter into commitments —known as bindings—not to increase tariffs above certain levels. However, books are among the very few manufactured products where Canada's tariff is not bound: Canada may therefore change the tariff as it wishes.

A priority in the round of GATT negotiations will be to press for fuller acceptance of GATT tariff obligations by our trading partners and to seek reductions of higher tariffs.

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