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European Commission (Anti-Dumping Measures)

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is satisfied that the meaures so far taken by the Commission of the European Communities adequately protect British industries from foreign dumping.

Yes. My right hon. Friend and I visited Brussels last year to impress on Commission officials the importance we attach to the efficient opera- tion of anti-dumping procedures. We were given evidence that the Commission are very conscious of the need to defend a Community industry quickly and effectively where anti-dumping or countervailing action is justified, and we received assurances that they would continue to do so.My Department retains an anti-dumping unit to advise and help United Kingdom industry in the preparation of its cases, and I have also issued a booklet to given guidance to British industry on the procedures to be followed in putting up cases.