Trade Liberalisation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 1st May 2003.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Conservative, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton 11:30 am, 1st May 2003

I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that honest answer. Does she agree that the Stuart Harbison Doha round proposals to phase out export subsidies would bring worldwide gains of about $100 billion a year, which would be especially helpful for third world countries? Was she therefore surprised and concerned that the French Minister, Hervé Gaymard, said in a speech last month that he is

"profoundly opposed to such a course of action and . . . channelling all . . . efforts into . . . making this fail"?

Will she assure us that she will resist any attempt by the French to scupper such an important humanitarian proposal for trade liberalisation?