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Clocks (Dumping)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received about the dumping of clocks in the United Kingdom; what were the terms of his reply; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

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.

Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie

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.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

The import of cheap alarm clocks is controlled by quota and obviously we should not agree to a quota which we felt would be materially damaging to our own industry.

Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr

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.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

We are sympathetic to the difficulties our industry is facing but some of them are due to the competition it is getting from low-priced clocks in export markets.

Photo of Mr George Lawson Mr George Lawson , Motherwell

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?

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Exeter

Under no circumstances whatsoever. We are bringing this legislation before the House very shortly.