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European Community (Trade Documentation)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade whether, pursuant to his answer of 8 November, Official Report, c. 19, he will make a statement on the progress of the inquiries of Her Majesty's Government and the European Commission into the intention of the French Government to require that all trade documentation should be in French; and whether in view of the effect on exporters he will seek to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

[pursuant to the reply, 6 December 1982, c. 361]: The European Commission has already begun proceedings against France in respect of this measure, and is conscious of the need for urgent action. I understand that most British exporters are continuing to follow their usual practice. To date I have received no confirmed reports of delays attributable to the measures announced in Paris on 20 October.