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Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will give full details in regard to the exporting countries concerned and the categories of goods involved of the burden sharing agreement on textiles arrived at between the EEC and those exporting countries; and what rate of increase in each category of imports this will mean for the EEC as a whole and for the United Kingdom in particular.

An agreement with India has been initialled. Negotiations are continuing with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Pakistan. Agreement has been reached in Brussels on mandates for negotiations with Brazil, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Colombia, and Mexico; and work is well advanced on mandates for negotiations with Japan and Yugoslavia, as well as arrangements for imports from Taiwan. Details in all cases must await conclusion of agreements.