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Ec (Deregulation)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the effect on the areas of his responsibility of the deregulation arrangements for 1992 within the EEC.

Our aim is to remove the barriers to free movement of goods and services within the Community by 1992. In some cases that will involve using Community measures to outlaw restrictive practices, for example on insurance and air transport; in others, it will involve adopting a Communitywide standard in place of 12 national standards or mutual recognition of national standards. We are taking steps to ensure that where Community standards replace national ones, the regulatory burden on industry is minimised.