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Textiles And Footwear

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is satisfied that existing anti-dumping legislation is protecting the textile, acrylic fibre, and garment making industries; and if he will make a statement.

The Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1969 provides substantial protection against dumped or subsidised imports which cause or threaten material injury to a British industry. I have at present one anti-dumping application from the textile industry, which relates to acrylic yarn from the Far East. Anti-dumping action is, of course, only one form of protection, and the textile industry is helped by a wide range of restraints on imports from low-cost sources.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received from British worsted spinners over the importation of acrylic yarns from the Far East; and whether he will make a statement.

On 12th December 1974 the British Worsted Spinners' Federation Ltd. presented an application for action under the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1969 against imports of acrylic yarn from the Far East. These are already the subject of an antidumping investigation by the EEC Commission as a result of an earlier application; consequently any further antidumping action will be taken by the Commission with which we are in touch. Simultaneously discussions are taking place in Brussels on the level of imports of acrylic and other synthetic yarns in order to decide whether restraints would be justifiable under the GATT Multifibre Agreement.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what has been the value of imports of textiles, acrylic fibres, garments including shirts, blouses and knitwear, and footwear in 1974; what percentage this is of total consumption; and how this compares with the previous year.

Imports have been as follows:

£ million
19731974
Textiles (including acrllic fibres)556750
Acrylic fibres1115
Garments323389
Footwear84109
Imports as a percentage of United Kingdom consumption, in the latest periods available, are estimated as follows:

Percentages
19731973 First half1974 First half
Textiles201924
Garments191822
19731973 First 3 quarters1974 First 3 quarters
Footwear202023
Figures for acrylic fibres are not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade, of the total imports of textiles, acrylic fibres, and garments including shirts, blouses and knitwear, how many are from Eastern bloc and Warsaw Pact countries, and how much from developing countries.

Following is the information for January—November 1974:

£ thousand cif
Eastern bloc and Warsaw Pact countriesDeveloping countriesTotal All Sources
Textiles, including acrylic fibres13,021130,271697,698
Acrylic fibres7631914,175
Garments10,262181,701363,976