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Subsidised Freight Rates (Soviet Bloc Fleets)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what steps are being taken to counter the effects of subsidised freight rates offered by merchant fleets within the Soviet bloc.

The EEC is monitoring two liner trades where there is significant Soviet presence. We have urged the Community to study, in parallel with this exercise, how best to co-ordinate defensive measures should these prove necessary.