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Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has had from the trades unions of the man-made textile industry; and whether he will expedite consideration of ways of assisting the industry in exporting its produce in order to avoid redundancies.

A number of representations have been received expressing concern at increased imports of manmade fibres and textiles. At the request of the United Kingdom the EC Commission has imposed quotas on certain imports of polyester filament and nylon carpet yarns. In addition, the Community has introduced a definitive anti-dumping duty on acrylic yarn from the United States and a formal investigation has been opened into the pricing of American polyester filament yarn. I am always seeking ways to assist the industry to increase its exports.