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Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the extent to which British exports are now more or less competitive than they were 12 months ago.

Up to September this year our exports have shown a substantial increase, of more than 6 per cent. in value, over the same period of last year. Competitiveness however depends on many factors, some of which, such as design, service and availability, cannot be measured; even price movements are difficult, often impossible, to compare directly.