asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions he has had with the British Rubber Manufacturers Association about the dumping of cross-ply tyres by some Eastern European countries;(2) if he will consult the National Economic Development Office about ways to prevent dumping of tyres in Britain by Eastern European countries and the effect on employment in cities such as Stoke-on-Trent;(3) if he will arrange to meet representatives of unions and management of the Michelin company, Stoke-on-Trent, to discuss the effect of dumping of tyres by Eastern European countries on employment prospects in the firm.
Anti-dumping action is a matter for the European Community. However, my Department's anti-dumping unit has met the British Rubber Manufacturers Association to discuss the presentation of a case to the European Commission. The industry is now gathering the necessary corroborative evidence and seeking further support from other Community manufacturers.I have no plans to consult the National Economic Development Office or to meet representatives of unions and management of the Michelin Company. But my officials would be pleased to receive evidence from any sources that might help reinforce a case.