§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received about the dumping in the United Kingdom from eastern Europe of combed wheat reed for thatching; and if he will make a statement on the state of the United Kingdom thatching industry at present.
§ Mr. Redwood
I have received no representations about the dumping of combed wheat reed. The thatching industry is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment. I understand, however, that business is generally good, particularly because of work needed after the storms that occurred earlier this year, although there are obviously regional variations.