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Textiles (Eec Directive)

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is satisfied with the operation of the EEC directive on public purchasing so far as textile goods are concerned; and if he will make a statement.

I am far from being satisfied with the general operation of the EEC second supplies directive with which certain member States are not complying. We have made formal representations to the EEC Commission, which is taking action to secure early compliance, and we are maintaining pressure to ensure that the action will be effective. As regards the advertising of textiles requirements, the position remains as set out in my answer of 23rd November to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton).