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Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether, in view of the circumstances leading to the closure by Litton Industries of their factories in Hull and Leicester, he will prohibit the import to the United Kingdom of typewriters made by the Adler division of Litton Industries in West Germany.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 7th March 1975 ; Vol. 887, c. 540], gave the following information :Consultants commissioned by the Government have submitted a report on the possibility of continuing typewritter manufacture in the Imperial Typewriter factories at Hull and Leicester. The report is being discussed with representatives of the work forces and meanwhile I cannot say what action might be taken. I can say, however, that an import ban would be likely to meet objections both in the EEC and under the GATT.