HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 c514W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proposals have been put forward by Her Majesty's Government to increase the transparency of operation of the proposed multilateral trade organisation.

Mr. Needham

Proposals to increase the transparency of the proposed dispute settlement arrangement which will operate after the implementation of the Uruguay round in GATT have been made informally by a number of participants. The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the Community, is at present considering its response to these proposals, in consultation with the United Kingdom and other member states. In principle, the United Kingdom welcomes proposals which would increase the transparency of the dispute settlement system, particularly in view of the increasing level of interest shown in GATT dispute settlement procedures, especially where environmental questions are concerned.

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