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Footwear Industry

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement regarding the present state of the British footwear industry.

My Department is fully aware of the difficulties facing United Kingdom footwear manufacturers and of their continuing concern over low-cost imports, particularly from the Far East. The findings and recommendations of the Commission's Community-wide investigation into imports of footwear from Taiwan and South Korea have been circulated to member states. Those recommendations are now being urgently examined and we will reach a decision on appropriate action for the United Kingdom as soon as possible.