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Complaints have been made to the Board of Trade and Ministry of Technology by the British Clock and Watch Manufacturers Association and by my hon. Friends, the Members for Motherwell (Mr. Lawson) and Dunbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele). They related to low-priced imports of alarm clocks from eastern area countries. We are in correspondence with the Association about the effect of these imports—which are limited by quotas—upon the home industry.
Have not these imports increased recently, in some cases by as much as 25 per cent.? That impression is going around with the belief that it will undermine severely the market in this country.
Although this importation is limited by quota, does not the hon. Lady agree that the quota allowed makes for a very large comparison with British production? A lot of jobs are at stake if this is allowed to go on.
Would my hon. Friend tell the House whether the Board of Trade has gone back on its undertaking to bring in early legislation on this occasion since this is surely a question of anti-dumping legislation?