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Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish from information available to him in the Official Report the number of pieces and value of cutlery, flatware, stainless cutlery, and stainless flatware imported into Great Britain from other EEC countries and third countries, respectively, and in total, indicating how this compares with total consumption and exports to other EEC countries as well as third countries.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 31st July 1978], gave the following answer:The following is the available information for 1977:


Imports (b)

Exports (b)







Manufacturer's sales (d)

Apparent Consumption (e)

Cutlery (f)£ thousand2,4016,1528,5533,2346,3619,59520,82519,783
Thousand dozens4332,2312,6632,3414,8577,197ֵֵ
Of which:
Table Knives (g)£ thousand1851,7231,9082186038214,1645,251
Thousand dozens651,0781,143119182301ֵֵ
Of which:
Stainless Steel Table£ thousandֵֵֵֵֵֵ1,680ֵ
Knives (g)Thousand dozensֵֵֵֵֵֵֵֵ
Flatware (h)£ thousand8165,0605,8761,7494,2125,96110,82210,737
Of which:
Stainless Steel Flatware (g)£ thousand5974,5775,1741,2542,3913,6453,8485,377
Thousand dozens2105,0065,2165217791,300ֵֵ


( a) Excluding cutlery and flatware made of precious metals.

( b) Valued cif.

( c) Valued fob.

( d) Sales by establishments with 25 or more employees.

( e) Manufacturers' sales plus imports minus exports.

( f) Finished cutlery suitable for domestic or personal use including knives with folding blades, kitchen knives, table knives, finished cutlery tools of trade, scissors and tailors' shears, and knife blanks or blades.

( g) Sales figures exclude blanks.

( h) Spoons and forks of all kinds including fish eaters, butter knives and ladles and blanks.

ֵ Not available.

N.B. Because of rounding the totals do not always agree with the sum of the individual figures.