asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the maintenance of the competitive position of the United Kingdom domestic telecommunications industry through the use of import restraints and exports promotion; and if he will make a statement.
The United Kingdom industry is fully competitive in terms of price, performance and delivery. Protective measures will not improve the long-term position. However, some overseas markets are not open and we are giving full support to international efforts to reduce the barriers to free trade in telecommunications. Support for exports may also be given, according to the circumstances of each individual case.