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Import Restrictions

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether it is the practice of his Department not to consult representatives of British retailing prior to the introduction of import restrictions; and, if so, whether he will give assurances that he will provide for consultations in the future with a view to effective import substitution.

There is no fixed procedure, but we do in considering proposals for import restraints take very careful account of the need to avoid disruption to the retail markets, and to minimise any inconvenience to the consumer. Any representations by the importing, retailing or consumer interests are given full consideration.