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European Community (Export Aid)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what aid is given to exporters to other EEC countries by each member State of the EEC in the form of (a) credit guarantees, (b) direct Government grants and (c) tax incentives.

Because aid can distort competition, aid in the forms specified is not permitted under article 92 of the Treaty of Rome in so far as it affects trade between the member States. I am not aware of any aid to exporters given in member States which could be held to infringe the treaty. If the hon. Member

Crude Balancemillion)Change in Balance (percentage)
SITC DivisionSurplusDeficitSurplusDeficitIncrease of surplus Decrease of deficitDecrease of surplus Increase of deficit
19781979 (+)(-)
0185698315
022893077
0431240028
059131,02713
0746552312
1144537616
2458972924
2844258432
332,2941,07253
5112222181
5212922978
5445440611
581852385
592712642
6466480621
6521835262
663643309
67506124
6831142437
6952941821
719579362
721,0861,0394
746526106
7518716711
7612464152
771874675
78274786386
7978409623
8425144377
8713515011
8812817234
8914125118