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Gatt Conference

Volume 32: debated on Friday 19 November 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade what action he plans to take at the forthcoming general agreement on tariffs and trade conference with regard to countries which trade freely with the United Kingdom but have tariff or non-tariff barriers affecting United Kingdom exports.

I shall be using the opportunity afforded by the GATT ministerial meeting to emphasise our concern that United Kingdom exports continue to face inequitable conditions of access to the markets of some of our trading partners. This is a matter which we believe the GATT can and should address.

* Figures are not yet available because of last year's Civil Service strike. Textile and clothing products are defined as products classified to minimum list headings 411–429 and 441–449 respectively of the Standard Industrial Classification (Revised 1968).

asked the Minister for Trade what percentage of textile and clothing imports in the first half of the current year came from State trading companies.

In the six months ended June 1982, imports from the centrally planned economies—as defined in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics— accounted for 2·8 per cent. of the value of total imports of textiles and textile clothing.