• Short Summary

    TWO BRITISH MINISTERS TODAY (THURSDAY) DEFENDED THEIR GOVERNMENT'S IMPOSITION OF A FIFTEEN PER CENT SURCHARGE ON LUXURY IMPORTS AT A MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION IN GENEVA.

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    TWO BRITISH MINISTERS TODAY (THURSDAY) DEFENDED THEIR GOVERNMENT'S IMPOSITION OF A FIFTEEN PER CENT SURCHARGE ON LUXURY IMPORTS AT A MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION IN GENEVA. THE BRITISH SPEAKERS WERE MR. PATRICK GORDON WALKER, THE FOREIGN MINISTER, AND MRS. DOUGLAS JAY, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE. THEY WERE HEARD BY DELEGATES FROM ALL MEMBER COUNTRIES IN A MEETING DESCRIBED BY THE ORGANISATION'S SECRETARY-GENERAL AS THE MOST CRUCIAL SINCE EFTA WAS BROUGHT INTO BEING IN 1960.

    MR. JAY TOLD DELEGATES THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARED TO CONSULT WITH HER EFTA PARTNERS ABOUT THE EVENTUAL RELAXATION OF THE SURCHARGES - IMPOSED IN AN EFFORT TO COUNTERACT BALANCE OF PAYMENTS DIFFICULTIES. MR. PATRICK GORDON WALKER TOLD THE MINISTERS THAT THE MONTH-OLD LABOUR GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS EFTA'S EXPANSION AND PROSPERITY AS A MAJOR INTEREST. HE POINTED OUT HE WAS THE FIRST FOREIGN MINISTER TO TAKE PART IN ONE OF THE ORGANISATION'S MEETINGS - AND HE SUGGESTED THAT EFTA FOREIGN MINISTERS SHOULD MEET MORE OFTEN TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4WJ3F4VFNPNMZEF0RSXMJQI5M
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WJ3F4VFNPNMZEF0RSXMJQI5M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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