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United States (High Technology)

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the impact in the United Kingdom of the United States COCOM regulations of 29 April on purchasers of United States technology, and vendors of United States technology in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

The position should not be affected. The COCOM controls are not intended to prevent the flow of technology from one member state to another.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints or representations he has received relating to United States extraterritorial activity in the United Kingdom high technology industry since 1983; and if he will make a statement.

Since 1983, my Department has received representations concerning some 15 cases arising from United States claims to apply their laws extraterritorially to companies in high technology industry in the UK.