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Volume 892: debated on Friday 16 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the estimated total value of small boats and equipment exported during 1974–75; and what is the estimate for 1975–76.

Statistics of exports of boats under 80 gross tons for year 1974–75 can be derived from headings under SITC(R)735 in Table VII of the March and December 1974 and March 1975 issues of the "Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom". Details of some equipment for small boats are also given in this publication—e.g., outboard motors and marine engines under heading SITC(R)711·5—but most equipment is not separately distinguished. The outlook for 1975–76 depends upon a number of uncertain factors, not least of which will be the state of overseas demand, and I prefer not to venture an estimate.