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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1979.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife 12:00 am, 19th November 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what new initiatives he intends to take to increase trade with France.

Photo of Mr John Nott Mr John Nott , St Ives

The British Chamber of Commerce in France has recently published a policy statement aimed at increasing trade with France. I am studying its report.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife

How is the trade in lamb getting on? If the French continue to refuse to take our lamb, why should we continue importing unlimited quantities of their revolting apples?

Photo of Mr John Nott Mr John Nott , St Ives

As for French lamb, it is for the Commission, not for us, to take action against illegal behaviour by France. I do not know that I agree with the hon. Gentleman's comment about French apples. I think that some French apples are delicious, but that is a matter of taste.