§ Mr. Tebbit
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the non-tariff barriers which restrain the export within the European Community of motor cars built in the United Kingdom by Japanese-owned companies.
§ Mr. Leigh
The treaty of Rome guarantees the right of goods manufactured within the Community to circulate freely between member states. The agreement concluded last July between the Community and Japan on trade in cars confirmed that right in respect of cars manufactured by Japanese-owned plants in EC countries. It also committed the Community to agree by the end of 1992 a type-approval regime setting harmonised technical standards for whole vehicle construction, thus removing the potential threat of national standards being used as a non-tariff barrier.