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Printing Machinery And Printed Matter

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the value of imports and exports of (a) printing machinery and (b) printed matter between the United Kingdom and the six original members of the EEC for each year since 1970.

The information is as follows:attitude will be, in the forthcoming discussions for the renewal of the multi-fibre arrangement, on the inclusion of a clause which will require all signatories to the arrangement to attach labels of origin to their products.

As I announced in the House on 17 December 1979, I now propose in the light of the findings of the two consumer surveys I had commissioned to enter into more detailed discussions on extending our present origin marking requirements in the consumer interest. These discussions will include the textiles and clothing sectors. I will be making a further statement to the House in due course.Compulsory origin labelling under international trade agreements is another matter. The Government have no plans at present to introduce this question into the discussions that will take place on arrangements to succeed the present multi-fibre arrangement when it expires at the end of 1981.