Dealing with trade in services in the multilateral context first came to the forefront of GATT in 1982 with a request by the Government of the United States that services be included in the Work Programme established by the Ministerial Declaration of 1982. While the proposal received the support of a number of industrialized countries, a number of developing countries opposed the idea on the grounds, inter alia that GATT had no legal authority to address itself to services.