asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to allow United Kingdom exporters the right to claim export rebates and drawback in addition to the benefit of European Free Trade Association preferences on exports to European Free Trade Association countries.
At the recent E.F.T.A. meeting in Copenhagen, Ministers agreed that, from the beginning of 1967 when the free trade area will be completed, exporters will not be able to claim both drawback and E.F.T.A. tariff treatment. Discussions in E.F.T.A. on the proper treatment of rebates of internal taxation—including the export rebate scheme—within the completed free trade area have not yet been finalised.