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Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been Her Majesty's Government's response to the import measures announced by the Greek Government on 11 October.

Her Majesty's Government have expressed concern to the European Commission that the Greek measures against imports represent a major barrier to trade. I expect this concern to be reiterated when the Council of Ministers considers the measures later this month.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made to the European Community Commission about the delay in pursuing its infraction proceedings against the Greek Government in respect of its restrictive profit margin controls introduced in April which discriminate against, inter alia, Scotch whisky exports.

Her Majesty's Government have made representations on a number of occasions to the Commission and to the Greek authorities about Greek profit margin controls. Despite being increased in April 1985, the permitted margin on Scotch whisky is still insufficient to cover the normal promotional and other costs of importers.