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American Textiles (Imports)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied that the action he contemplates taking against imports from the United States of America of certain textiles will not react on United Kingdom exports of high quality knitwear and whisky to the United States of America to the detriment of the Scottish economy.

I hope that the United States will recognise that the action taken has been the minimum required in a difficult and very special situation, and that there are no grounds for retaliation.