§ Mr. Lawrence
asked the Minister for Trade what stage the European Economic Community proposal to change the brewers' tied house system has now reached.
§ Mr. Sproat
[pursuant to his reply, 11 November 1982, c. 203]: I understand the Commission is now proposing to extend the existing regulation—which grants a block exemption to exclusive dealing and exclusive purchasing agreements—for six months or a year beyond its present expiry date of 31 December 1982. This will allow more time for discussion of the proposed successor regulations.