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Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received about the implications for the United Kingdom cement industry of the current level and pattern of imports of cement; and if he will make a statement.

Both my Department and the Department of the Environment maintain close contact with the cement industry and are fully aware of the concern expressed at the increased level of low-priced imports of certain types of cement into the United Kingdom. Following a complaint from the liaison committee of the cement industries in the European Community alleging that imports of Portland cement originating in Spain, Poland, GDR and Yugoslavia were being dumped and thereby causing or threatening injury to the Community cement industry, the Commission opened an anti-dumping investigation on 2 April 1985. It is expected that an announcement of the preliminary findings of the Commission's investigation will be made shortly.