HC Deb 18 January 1991 vol 183 c614W
Mr. Tom Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with EEC countries on review of the multi-fibre arrangement.

Mr. Sainsbury

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, together with EC colleagues, attended the GATT ministerial meeting in Brussels last month which discussed, among other things, how best to phase out the multi-fibre arrangement as part of a general settlement of the Uruguay round, including the strengthening of GATT rules and disciplines. The Government hope that the talks, which were suspended over the question of agriculture, will soon reconvene.