European Community (United Kingdom Membership)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1980.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Howe Mr Geoffrey Howe , East Surrey 12:00 am, 24th July 1980

I know that the hon. Gentleman if often prepared to attribute many misfortunes to our membership of the Community. However, it would be wrong to assume that our membership has had an adverse effect on employment in Britain. Our exports to the Community have been increasing at a faster rate than our exports to other parts of the world. That should be borne in mind.