HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 cc239-40W
26. Mr. Anthony Coombs

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the result of recent European Economic Community negotiations with China on the multi-fibre arrangement; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alan Clark

The negotiations between China and the European Community for a new bilateral textile agreement under the multi-fibre arrangement were concluded in December 1988. The text of the agreement reached is set out in the annex to Council decision 88/656/EEC which is published in theOfficial Journal of the European Communities, dated 31 December 1988, reference OJL 380, which is available in the Library of the House.

Full details of the application of the agreement in each member state, in the form of an EEC implementing regulation, are still awaited from the Commission. The agreement has been provisionally applied by the Council of Ministers from 1 January 1989. The agreement will be submitted to Council for final approval in due course.