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President Of The Board Of Trade (Speech)

Volume 728: debated on Thursday 12 May 1966

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asked the Prime Minister if the public speech of the President of the Board of Trade at Oslo on 30th April about import duty policies represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Could we start negotiations with the Norwegians with a view to securing more favourable entry for British vehicles into their market?

It is a difficult question, because the barriers here are introduced as revenue tariffs and not as protective tariffs, covered by E.F.T.A. It may be argued that these are legal under E.F.T.A., but we would all feel that they are against the spirit of E.F.T.A. My right hon. Friend the First Secretary will now be discussing these matters in Bergen this week.