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Balance Of Payments

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each year since 1945 (a) the surplus or deficit on the current account of the United Kingdom balance of payments, (b) the surplus or deficit on the invisible account, and (c) the surplus or deficit on the visible trade account.

Annual figures of the United Kingdom's current balance, invisible balance and visible balance for the years 1955 to 1976 are available in Table 1.1 of the publication "United Kingdom Balance of Payments, 1966–1976". Figures covering the period 1946 to 1954 are given in Table 4 of the publication "United Kingdom Balance of Payments, 1971". No official, comparable figures are available for 1945. Copies of the above publications are available in the House of Commons Library.