HC Deb 25 February 1999 vol 326 cc373-4W
25. Dr. Palmer

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what approach he intends to take in pursuing international trade liberalisation. [71623]

Mr. Wilson

The Government seek actively to work with the EU and with the UK's major trading partners, through such mechanisms as the Transatlantic Economic Partnership and the Asia-Europe meeting, to encourage the reduction of barriers to trade in overseas markets. In particular, the Government share the European Union's support for a comprehensive new Round of trade liberalisation negotiations to be launched at the World Trade Organisation's next Ministerial meeting, to be held in Seattle, USA in November-December this year. A comprehensive Round offers the best chance of ensuring real gains for all participants, including developing countries.