Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1989.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) 12:00 am, 1st November 1989

I should be delighted to be invited to visit the Caribbean in due course. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will be visiting some of the islands next week, and my right hon. Friend the Minister for Overseas Development will be leading a delegation to the Miami conference at the end of the month, where they will discuss a number of issues with other countries.

On the hon. Lady's spcific point, the British position is that the Lome negotiations should continue so that a satisfactory outcome can be achieved for the banana producers in the ACP regions, and that will be the Government's prime aim in our conversations with our EC partners. We wish to ensure that after 1992 those interests are safeguarded in the wider European market.