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Wool Textiles

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will circulate in the Official Report a table showing the volume and value of wool textiles produced and exported by the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the United States of America and Japan in 1952, 1960, 1967, 1972, 1978 and 1979 to date.

Figures showing the weight of the production and exports of the three main products of the industry are given in the following tatbles. Value figures are not readily available.

TABLE 3
PRODUCTION OF WOOLLEN AND WORSTED FABRICS (INCLUDING BLANKETS) BY THE WOOL TEXTILE INDUSTRY*

'000 tonnes

1952

1960

1967

1972

1978

United Kingdom110·596·875·456·9
German Federal Republic68·643·355·238·2
France67·067·861·368·062·5
Italy58·088·8132·2‡147·6187·6
United States of America111·198·844·552·9
Japan135·3122·0160·3112·3

* Including fabrics of other fibres and mixtures.

†Figures only available in million square yards viz. 407·9 141·2,607·3,150·9 respectively.
‡Change in basis of figures from 1967.
1979 figures are not yet available on a consistent basis.

Source: Annual report on Wool Statistics by the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Wool Study Group and International Wool Textile Organisation.

TABLE 4
EXPORTS OF WOOL AND HAIR TOPS*

'000 tonnes

1952

1960

1967

1972

1978

United Kingdom24·541·323·422·016·4
German Federal Republic1·51·32·87·37·6
France10·526·125·954·939·7
Italy0·30·10·10·41·2
United States of America0·00·10·211·50·5
Japan2·84·42·00·5

* Exports of man-made fibre tops are excluded. Figures on a comparable basis over the period are not readily available.

† Not available.
1979 figures are not yet available on a consistent basis.

Source: Annual report on Wool Statistics by the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Wool Study Group and International Wool Textile Organisation.

TABLE 5
EXPORTS OF WOOLLEN AND WORSTED YARNS*

'000 tonnes

1952

1960

1967

1972

1978

United Kingdom10·214·912·618·116·1
German Federal Republic1·62·73·86·77·3
France9·328·419·722·119·4
Italy0·16·39·314·48·7
United States of America0·10·10·20·30·6
Japan3·88·417·49·2

* Including mixture yarns predominantly of wool.

† Not available.
1979 figures are not yet available on a consistent basis.

Source:Annual report on Wool Statistics by the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Wool Study Group and International Wool Textile Organisation.

TABLE 6
EXPORTS OF WOOLLEN AND WORSTED FABRICS (INCLUDING BLANKETS)*

'000 tonnes

1952

1960

1967

1972

1978

United Kingdom25·127·620·018·815·5
German Federal Republic0·12·83·910·514·1
France4·26·57·69·76·4
Italy9·750·271·667·290·1
United States of America1·00·10·10·1
Japan8·411·74·52·9

* Including mixture fabrics predominantly of wool.

† Not available.
1979 figures are not yet available on a consistent basis.

Source: Annual report on Wool Statistics by the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Wool Study Group and International Wool Textile Organisation.