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Trade Disputes

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will give particulars of the six most significant trade disputes between the United Kingdom and individual countries of the European Economic Community since May 1974 that have been referred to the European Commission, setting out (a) the dispute, (b) the date it arose, (c) the date of referral, (d) the solution and (e) the date of resolution.

The average duration of proceedings before the European Court has recently been approximately 12 months. Judgment of the relative significance of particular cases will have varied since 1974 with the point of view of the observer and with contemporary circumstances.