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Volume 170: debated on Thursday 19 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government have taken to ensure that the outcome of the Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations under the GATT will (a) promote environmentally sustainable development, (b) promote food security for the poorest groups in developing countries and (c) decrease the dependence of developing countries on primary commodities.

[holding answer 18 April 1990]: The Government attach a high priority to the successful conclusion of the GATT Uruguay round, and we are working with our European Community partners to bring this about. Matters under discussion include several of particular interest to developing countries; a successful agreement will therefore help promote trade in the products concerned, and hence the economic development of such countries.