HC Deb 13 July 1988 vol 137 c268W
Mr. Hunter

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further measures he proposes to take to minimise the adverse repercussions for United Kingdom trade of the United States of America's Export Administration Act.

Mr. Alan Clark

The Government have rejected on many occasions United States claims to extraterritorial jurisdiction—including those in the United States Export Administration Act—which infringe on United Kingdom sovereignty. Any British firm experiencing difficulties in the course of legitimate trading in or from the United Kingdom should contact the Department of Trade and Industry. Measures to help resolve specific problems will be considered on a case-by-case basis as they arise. Under the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980, the Secretary of State has discretionary powers to prevent United Kingdom companies complying with foreign claims to jurisdiction in the United Kingdom.