asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the textile and hosiery industries in Scotland about the implications for the economy of the Border region in the absence of a continuing multi-fibre arrangement.
My right hon. Friend and I have received representations from a number of industry associations on the need for a continuing multi-fibre arrangement not only for the Border region but for the country as a whole. As my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade—who has responsibility for the arrangement—told the House on 9 May, the Government are in favour of further renewal and he will be pressing this view with our partners in the European Community.