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Section 232 Tariffs

Part of International Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade 12:00 am, 29th March 2018

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments. As he knows, our aim, along with our European Union partners, is for the tariffs not to be applied in the first place. We argue that section 232 is not an appropriate means of doing so. If we want to deal with the over- production of steel—particularly Chinese overproduction —the best way to do so is through the G7 steel forum, where there are 28 outstanding recommendations to which we are still awaiting a Chinese response.