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Multi-Fibre Arrangement

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied with the working of the multi-fibre arrangement and the protection the agreement affords to local firms.

I believe that the restrictions associated with the multi-fibre arrangement were the best that could have been negotiated at the time and that they are in general being satisfactorily implemented. It is not possible to assess the effect on particular firms or firms in particular regions.