asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he is prepared to offer any assistance to the British tractor-producing industry in view of unfair competition from other European Economic Community countries.
I have received no evidence of unfair competition from other EC countries. United Kingdom tractor manufacturers are eligible for the full range of assistance that is offered to manufacturing industry generally. Similar schemes of assistance throughout the EC are subject to the approval of the Commission. If there is any evidence of a breach of EC rules, I should be happy to examine it.