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Cars (Imports)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, in view of the recent indications that short-time working is now prevalent in the British motor industry, he will give that industry a breathing space by taking steps to impose a 12-month ban on the import of foreign cars; and if he will make a statement.

No. Such a ban would be contrary to the Treaty of Rome and to our other international obligations, and would invite retaliation against our exports.