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Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that British exports during the first half of 1954 were a declining proportion of the world total; and whether he will make a statement.

No. United Kingdom exports of all kinds in the first half of 1954 were the same proportion—just under 11 per cent.—of world exports as in the first and second halves of 1953. Our share of world exports of manufactured goods has remained substantially unchanged at about 21 per cent. over the last 18 months.