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Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary for Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of discussions on the generalised system of tariff preferences for exports of products from Brazil to European Economic Community countries.

Discussions in the Community on the future of the generalised scheme of preferences have so far been of a general nature and have not touched on the treatment of particular countries. There is general agreement that the benefits of the scheme should be concentrated more on the poorer developing countries, and we believe that the treatment of Community exports by the beneficiary countries should, at least as regards the industrially stronger countries such as Brazil, be one of the factors to determine the benefits they receive.