HC Deb 27 October 1997 vol 299 cc696-8W
Ms Keeble

To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) what plans he has to impose anti-dumping duties on footwear imported from(a) Thailand, (b) Indonesia and (c) China; [12345]

(2) what action the Government plan to take over the dumping in the United Kingdom of footwear from China, Indonesia and Thailand. [12288]

Mrs. Roche

Definitive anti-dumping measures may be imposed only by the Council of the European Union, acting on a recommendation from the European Commission and by a simple majority of member states. They then apply to all imports of the product from the countries concerned into the EU.

In the case of leather and synthetic footwear from China, Indonesia and Thailand, it seems likely that the Council will agree to a minimum price regime in November. The duty payable would be equivalent to the difference between a minimum price and the import price, where the import price is lower.

In the case of footwear with textile uppers from China and Indonesia, the Commission has put forward a proposal for duties on which discussions continue.

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