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Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what new initiatives he intends to take to increase trade with France.

The British Chamber of Commerce in France has recently published a policy statement aimed at increasing trade with France. I am studying its report.

How is the trade in lamb getting on? If the French continue to refuse to take our lamb, why should we continue importing unlimited quantities of their revolting apples?

As for French lamb, it is for the Commission, not for us, to take action against illegal behaviour by France. I do not know that I agree with the hon. Gentleman's comment about French apples. I think that some French apples are delicious, but that is a matter of taste.