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Motor Cars (Exports)

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 8 March 1962

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of the national output of motor cars has been exported; and to what he attributes the recent change in trends.

In the second half of 1961, 38 per cent. of British car production was exported compared with 36 per cent. in the first half and with 42 per cent. in 1960. The decline in exports last year was due mainly to a sharp fall in shipments to North America, but recently these as well as exports to other markets particular in Western Europe have shown some improvement.