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Unfair Trade Unit

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action the unfair trade unit has taken concerning the reported requirement of the Japanese Government that the typeface used to mark vehicle identification numbers remains unchanged for all cars imported into Japan of a particular model.

The European Commission is negotiating with the relevant Japanese authorities for the removal of non-tariff barriers to the export of cars to Japan. I understand that vehicle identification numbers have not been raised with my Department during discussion of such barriers with the United Kingdom industry.