asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the statistical surveys at present operated by his Department.
The statistical inquiries, together with their frequencies, carried out by my Department in the distributive and service trades are as follows:
I am very aware of this problem. Formal discussions have already taken place between the EEC Commission and the United States authorities under article XXIII of the GATT on the question of synthetic textiles. I shall continue to monitor the situation carefully in respect of the chemical industry, and shall not hesitate to raise it in the EEC Council of Ministers should this appear to be necessary. The United States Government has annouuced its intention of phasing out controls on oil prices by September 1981 and on gas prices by 1985. The United States Government is aware of our view that these price controls provide sectors of United States industry with an unfair trading advantage.