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Brewing And Tobacco Industries

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what efforts he has made to prevent European competitors in the brewing and tobacco industries from taking up marginal surplus capacity in their domestic industries and dumping the resulting products on the British market in a price competitive manner.

If the hon. Member has any evidence of unfair trade practices contrary to the rules of the European Community I will be glad to consider it in collaboration with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who has responsibility for the brewing industry. I will be glad to advise the industries on how to take the matter up with the Commission if the evidence justifies it.