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Gatt (Agriculture)

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he intends to be present at the GATT discussions relating to world agricultural problems; and if he will make a statement.

Negotiation of international trade agreements is the responsibility of the European

Net Capital Expenditure1 in manufacturing industry2 by standard region of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1985 at 1979 prices
£ million
Region1979198019811982198319841985
North613428284256279356403
Yorkshire and Humberside625484360330354413435
East Midlands478394316322323380435
East Anglia210173133161161174193
South East1,5811,3571,0771,0401,1541,3731,426
South West377319272268308369384
West Midlands705612423421425574571
North West971864609566594666700

Community as a whole, represented by the Commission. My Department co-ordinates the United Kingdom input to that process. It will play a full part in preparing the Community position for the new round of GATT negotiations. These negotiations were launched in Uruguay in September 1986 at a meeting which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and I both attended. The negotiations are to last four years. Among their most important tasks they will deal with the problems of international trade in agriculture, including the effects of all forms of direct and indirect subsidies. The negotiations are at an early stage, and no meetings in GATT at ministerial level are currently planned.

A copy of the Uruguay declaration launching the new round of GATT negotiations has been placed in the Library of the House.