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Hong Kong

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what concessions the EEC has made following his statement in Luxembourg on 5th June 1974 to remove the discrimination which Hong Kong faces when selling to the United Kingdom market.

In my right hon. Friend's statement to the Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg on 4th June 1974, he said that we needed sub- stantial improvement in the position of Hong Kong where the United Kingdom had to discriminate against one of its own territories. Discrimination against Hong Kong in the Community's Scheme of Generalised Preferences has been reduced through the extension to her of preferences on non-leather footwear, which is her major footwear export interest. The Community has undertaken to review Hong Kong's exclusion from preferences on textiles when the scheme for 1976 is considered.