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Scotland (Statistics)

Volume 886: debated on Monday 17 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what study he has made of the manpower problems in his Department involved in separating Scottish trade statistics from English trade statistics.

The distinction suggested is not a practicable one. If it were practicable it might not add much to the manpower costs in my Department, but it would add significantly to the resources required in Her Majesty's Customs which collects and compiles the trade figures. And a major burden of providing the required information would fall on industry and trade.