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Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, in view of the concern in British industry arising from the compensation trade deal with Finland for the sale of 50 Hawk trainer aircraft, he will use his powers to restrict imports from Finland into the United Kingdom where imports from other sources exceed 20 per cent. of United Kingdom production, by sector.

The EC/Finland Free Trade Agreement guarantees reciprocal duty-free entry for most industrial goods and provides for special controls only if Finnish exports could be shown to be causing serious disturbances to any sector of the Community economy or a serious deterioration in the economy of a member State. I am aware of no evidence which would justify any action on those grounds.