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Vehicle Imports (Content Rules)

Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what steps he plans to take to remedy the situation whereby no local content rules apply to motor vehicle imports into the United Kingdom as are applied by other countries whose Governments are actively supporting their motor industries; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.Our major competitors do not have local content rules. Such rules would put up prices and invite retaliation against our exports. They would also be contrary to our obligations under the Treaty of Rome and the GAT