§ Mr. Kaufman
I have been asked to reply.
My Department has received information about the very low prices being quoted by Japanese shipyards, but I have no evidence to confirm that particular prices are below construction costs. These problems are being discussed within the EEC and OECD and are also the subject of discussion between the European Commission and the Japanese Government. If evidence were to be submitted that ships were being dumped in the United Kingdom, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade would be prepared to consider action under the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1969.