§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he intends to take over the refusal by the West German authorities to import British beer; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Channon
We share the view of the European Commission that the German beer purity laws are not compatible with Article 30 of the EC treaty and we have encouraged it to take action under article 169 of the treaty. The Commission is now considering the German reply to its reasoned opinion issued in July.