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Spanish Steel, Shipbuilding And Motor Vehicle Industries

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of state for Industry what is the Government's policy on the transitional arrangements for the entry of the Spanish steel, shipbuilding and motor vehicle industries into the Common Market of the EEC.

We will seek a full and rapid application by Spain of the tariff reductions on industrial goods, including motor vehicles, for which provision was made in the 1970 EEC/Spain Agreement. We expected this to be followed by a fully reciprocal dismantling of tariffs between Spain and the EEC and the full application of the provisions of the treaties applicable to competition.We will aim to achieve the integration of the Spanish shipbuilding and steel industries into the Community framework in a way which minimizes any additional problems of Community overcapacity which enlargement may bring.