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Clothing And Textile Industries

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade, in view of their disruptive effect on the clothing industry, what steps he proposes to take, either nationally or through the EEC, to exercise strict control at the Customs point to prevent the dumping of goods whose prices are fixed in relation to currency needs and not the costs of production such as those from COMECON countries.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 February 1980]: Anti-dumping action may be taken by the European Commission when the criteria of the GATT anti-dumping code are fulfilled and this action can take the form of the imposition of anti-dumping duties. However, in the case of the textile industry the principal East European exporting countries have bilateral agreements with the Community under the multi-fibre arrangement and problems of disruptive imports are more appropriately dealt with under those agreements.