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Multi-Fibre Arrangement

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he will list in the Official Report the number of new multi-fibre arrangement quotas negotiated in 1979; how many of these quotas were triggered in 1978; and if he will give full details of these; how many of these new quotas exceed the trigger level; if he will give full details of these; and if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in this matter;(2) why his Department permitted the EEC Commission at the request of third country suppliers to agree an increase in United Kingdom quotas under the multi-fibre arrangement in the following cases (

a) Romania, category 8, original quota 665,000, revised quota 765,000, ( b) Hungary, category 7, original quota 42,000, revised quota 62,000, ( c) Hungary, category 8, original quota 153,000, revised quota 183,000, ( d) German Democratic Republic, category 17, original quota 35,000, revised quota 45,000, ( e) Hong Kong, category 21, original quota 2,945,000, revised quota 4,696,000, ( f) South Korea, category 4, original quota 1,705,000, revised quota 1,735,000 ( g) Philippines, category 4, original quota 1,608,000, revised quota 1,758,000, ( h) Thailand, category 4, original quota 2,397,000, revised quota 2,557,000; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if the EEC Commission is able to seek to negotiate reductions in quotas under the multi-fibre arrangement and, if so, if he will urge this action when next discussing the multi-fibre arrangement at a Council of Ministers meeting.

This would not be practicable and would be contrary to the Community's international obligations.