Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill — Clause 13 — Dumped Goods — Presumption of Remedial Action — 16 Jul 2018 at 21:00
The majority of MPs voted against a presumption that if goods are being dumped in the United Kingdom (exported to the United Kingdom for less than their normal value) a remedial action will be taken.
MPs were considering the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 21, page 9, line 18, at end insert—
- “(4A) Subsection (4B) applies where the TRA or the Secretary of State is considering whether the application of a remedy, or the acceptance of a recommendation to do so—
- (a) is in the public interest, or
- (b) meets either of the economic interest tests described in paragraph 25 of Schedule 4 or paragraph 21 of Schedule 5.
- (4B) In making a consideration to which this subsection applies, notwithstanding the provisions of Schedules 4 and 5, the TRA or the Secretary of State must give special consideration to the need to eliminate the trade distorting effect of injurious dumping and to restore effective competition, and must presume the application of a remedy or the acceptance of a recommendation to do so to be in the public interest and to have met the economic interest test unless this special consideration is significantly outweighed.”
Had it not been rejected the amendment would have impacted clause 13 of the Bill titled Dumping of goods, foreign subsidies and increases in imports which began:
- (1) Functions relating to import duty are conferred on the Trade Remedies Authority (“the TRA”) by—
- (a) Schedule 4 (dumping and foreign subsidies causing injury to UK industry), and
- (b) Schedule 5 (increased imports causing serious injury to UK producers).
Paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 defined dumped goods:
- (1) For the purposes of this Schedule, goods are “dumped” in the United Kingdom if—
- (a) they are imported into the United Kingdom, and
- (b) their export price is less than their normal value;
- and references to the “dumping” of goods are to be read accordingly.
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This amendment ensures that there is a presumption that if dumping is found, a remedial action will be taken.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill
-  Clause 13 of the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill to which the amendment refers
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||307 (+2 tell)||0||0||97.5%|
|Lab||0||244 (+2 tell)||0||94.6%|