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Export Rebate Scheme (Efta Countries)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from non-European Free Trade Association governments regarding Her Majesty's Gov- ernment's undertaking to abolish their export rebate scheme on exports to European Free Trade Association countries; and what action he will take.

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that the elimination of the export rebate only on exports to E.F.T.A. would be in conformity with the terms of the G.A.T.T., and, even if it would be, would not he agree that such elimination would depreciate the value of the E.F.T.A. preference to British exporters' preference?

The hon. Gentleman seems to be misinformed. As he recognises in his Question, we have not given an undertaking to abolish the export rebate on exports to the E.F.T.A. countries.