HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 cc305-6W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking through the European Community to prevent the French Government from enforcing their own footwear labelling regulations.

Mr. Redwood

[holding answer 30 November 1989]: The British Footwear Manufacturers Federation has raised with the DTI its concern about French Government decree 89–292 which introduces new labelling requirements for footwear. My officials are considering with the federation what action should be taken by the United Kingdom.

Mr. Latham

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on his policy regarding the European Community Commission's report on imports of footwear from Taiwan and Korea.

Mr. Forth

[holding answer 5 December 1989]: We will need to be satisfied what restrictions if any are justified. The matter is at present under discussion in Brussels and I will wish to consider the views expressed by the industry and other member states before making a final decision.