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Chemical Industry (Protection)

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will take steps to ensure that the domestic chemical industry is protected from any unfair competition from France and other countries as a result of the availability to foreign competitors of cheap hydroelectric power.

No. Use of hydroelectric power does not constitute unfair competition. Restrictions on imports from France would be contrary to the Treaty of Rome.