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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received regarding access for British exporters to the Taiwanese market.

My Department receives frequent representations from individual companies and trade associations about the few remaining obstacles to access to the Taiwanese market for British exporters.

The most frequent complaints have been about protectionist duties on Scotch whisky, about the favour shown to United States suppliers for public sector projects, and about the difference between the exhaust emission standards applied to domestic and imported vehicles.

The authorities in Taiwan are well aware of United Kingdom concerns. Her Majesty's Government themselves have no formal dealings with the authorities there but the British Overseas Trade Board's area advisory group for Taiwan, the Anglo-Taiwan Trade Committee, takes every opportunity to draw our concerns on these matters to their attention, both in Taipei and London.