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Chinese Bicycles

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the ratio is of Chinese bicycles imported into the European Community to the level envisaged under present generalised system of preferences rules; and what proportion of these imports enter the United Kingdom.

There are no fixed limits on imports of Chinese bicycles under the generalised system of preferences at the present time.Full details of Community imports of Chinese bicycles under the GSP for the first half of 1990 are not yet available from the European Commission. My Department will write to my hon. Friend with this information as soon as it becomes available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will press for a review of (a) general systems of preference status of Chinese bicycle imports and (b) China's undeveloped nation status for trading purposes.

I have no plans at present to seek a review of the status of Chinese bicycle imports within the EC, or China's current status as a beneficiary under the GSP. My Department will, however, continue to monitor the situation regarding the imports of Chinese bicycles.