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Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will take steps to remove yarn from the EEC trade liberalisation list.

No. It would be contrary to our interests to encourage other Community countries to restrict their cotton yarn imports. One of our objectives is that developing countries' textiles should obtain increasing access to their markets. The House will be aware that we have taken steps to enable the United Kingdon to continue to restrict cotton yarn imports from previously controlled sources, and to obtain new restraints on Greek and Turkish yarn.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he can yet say what level of quotas will be established for the import of Greek and Turkish yarn for 1975.

Not yet. The EEC Commission is pursuing the matter on our behalf with the Greek and Turkish Governments. As announced on 20th December, the United Kingdom has introduced import licensing on cotton yarn from these countries and consignments shipped after that date will be taken into account when the quota levels have been fixed.