§ Mr. Lomas
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his present and future policy concerning the imports of Japanese textiles to the United Kingdom; and to what extent he has taken into account the consequences on the textile industries in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
Our policy aims at removing the obstacles to the further growth of Anglo-Japanese trade. We are prepared to meet Japan's request to end the remaining restrictions on textile imports in return for concessions which would benefit our exports.
In our negotiations we have taken full account of the representations made on behalf of the textile interests in Yorkshire and Lancashire, some of which are already major exporters to Japan.