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Handicapped Persons (Import Concessions)

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade on what date the United Kingdom ratified European Economic Community Regulation No. 1028/79 of 8 May 1979 on the importation free of common customs tariff duties of articles for the use of handicapped persons; and if any member States have not yet ratified the regulation.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 November 1982, c. 160.]: This regulation came into force on 1 January 1980, and was binding on member States from that date.

asked the Minister for Trade, in the last year for which figures are available, how many applications of relief for duty were made under EEC Regulation No. 1028/79 on the importation free of common customs tariff duties of articles for the use of handicapped persons, annex E paragraph 1 and annex E paragraph 2, respectively; how many applications were approved under each paragraph; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 November 1982, c. 160.]: The information for applications made in the United Kingdom is as follows:

1981
Articles for the blind*Articles for other handicapped persons
Applications received335
allowed314
disallowed21

* annex E paragraph 1

† annex E paragraph 2

asked the Minister for Trade if he has made representations to the European Commission concerning the extension of the concessions in the EEC Regulation No. 1028/79 to handicapped individuals importing goods from outside the European Community as well as approved organisations; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 November 1982, c. 160]: The Council of the European Communities is at present considering proposals for an extension of the duty-free concessions set out in Regulation No. 1028/79 so that articles imported by handicapped persons for their own use will also be eligible for relief. We hope the new relief will come into effect on 1 July 1984.