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Man-Made Fibres And Products

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) what was the volume of United Kingdom imports of polyester filament yarn from the United States of America in 1977, 1978 and in the first nine months of 1979, respectively;(2) what was the volume of United Kingdom imports of polyester textured yarn from the United States of America in 1977, 1978 and in the first nine months of 1979, respectively.

[pursuant to his reply 29 November 1979, c. 755–56]: the information is as follows:

I. Yarn, non-textured, of continuous poly ester fibres, not put up for retail sale1
19771978Jan-Sep 1979Tonnes
2,6513,6644,288
II. Yarn, textured, of continuous polyester fibres, not put up for retail.sale2
19771978Jan-Sep 1979Tonnes
1591,8614,299
Source: UK Overseas Trade Statistics ((1) SITC(R2) Items 651·45 and 46; (2) SITC (R2) Item 651·44 and corresponding items under SITC(R1).)

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will press the EEC Council of Ministers at its meeting on 18 December to instruct the Commission to take immediate and effective action to curb imports from the United States of America of man-made fibres and products which enjoy an artificial price advantage resulting from dual pricing of energy and oil feedstocks.

[pursuant to his reply, 6th December 1979, c. 234]:Our next step in this matter will depend on the outcome of the consultations between the EEC Commission and the United States authorities under article XXIII of the GATT. I expect the Commission to report on these discussions at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on 18 December.