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Electronics Industry (United States Inspectors)

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the American inspectors who are here to check companies buying American electronics arrived; what is the purpose of their visit; what powers of inspection they possess; how many companies they are visiting; what are the names and addresses of the companies; if any company has refused to see them or raised any objections; and why the Government agreed to these inspections and inquiries being carried out.

The United States authorities have sought the Government's agreement to United States officials visiting a number of British companies in connection with the new United States distribution licence regulations. My officials have been in touch with the companies concerned but no such visits have yet been approved. The Government are considering whether to agree to the proposed visits and if so on what terms.