asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will now consider further import restrictions on textile products in view of the current effect on the North West textile industry.
The present difficulties of the North West textile industry stem mainly from lack of demand. As I told the hon. Member on 22nd January—[Vol. 884, c. 387–81.]—the EEC will seek a broader product coverage in the restraint arrangements for the developing countries to be introduced under the GATT Multifibre Arrangement which precludes any reduction in existing import levels We shall, of course, continue to keep the import situation under review.