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Steel (Imports)

Volume 929: debated on Monday 4 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what has been the level of imports and exports of bulk steels, stainless steels, tool steels and alloy steels in total, and for each of the area from which they have been imported, or to which they have been exported in the first three months of the current year; and how the position compares with 12 months ago and each of the previous five years.

These categories of steel cover a large number of detailed headings in the overseas trade statistics. This factor, combined with the great number of countries involved, mean that the information could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Some indication of the level of trade of finished steel products can, however, be obtained from the published "Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom" available in the House of Commons Library.