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 am grateful to my hon. Friend, as he has emphasised the point that I have been trying to make. I repeat that last year our exports to the Community increased by 30 per cent., while our exports to the rest of the world increased by only 8 per cent. It is important to remember the significance of our trading links with the Community.