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Crude Oil And Gas

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he has made any representations to the EEC Commission concerning the unfair trading situation which has arisen in liquid hydrocarbons and gases and feedstock for the chemical industry as a result of regulations imposed by the United States Government on the price of crude oil and gas, which has the effect of providing a considerable subsidy for United States' chemical products in European and world markets;

Department is continuing discussions with the interests concerned on the financial and practical implication of the NFU/ PMB proposals.

I am aware of the importance of the cost of raw materials to potato processors. Our marketing advisers will no doubt take account of this and all other relevant factors in their report on potatoes which we hope to receive in the fairly near future.