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Textile Industry

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make an announcement on the RETEX scheme to help areas hit by decline of the textile industries.

On 20 December the European Commission agreed a draft proposal for a RETEX scheme on which it will invite comments from member states and the European Parliament in the coming weeks. I have not yet received the draft proposal. The Government will naturally seek to ensure the maximum effective coverage of United Kingdom textile areas.