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Carpet Industry

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry why the British carpet industry is unable to compete with higher priced imports from the United States of America; and whether he will consider with his colleagues and the Euro- revised in 1960 and every four or five years subsequently, indicated by the pairs of figures shown for 1960, 1964, 1969 and 1974.The series cover both borrowing from overseas by United Kingdom companies and local borrowing by overseas subsidiaries of United Kingdom companies whose activities are mainly in the United Kingdom, separate figures for which are not available.pean Commission the removal of tariff protection on such imports to increase the efficiency of the industry.

Price comparisons and the reasons for the competitive differences reflected in them are difficult to analyse. The causes of the increase in United Kingdom imports of United States of America tufted carpets to around 4·8 per cent. of United Kingdom consumption last year—8·5 per cent. in the final quarter—include the benefits of long runs in the American plants; the decline in the United State of America dollar relative to sterling; and the advantage to the American producers from cheaper synthetic fibres due to United States oil and gas price controls.The EEC tariff will fall from 23 per cent. to 14 per cent. as part of the multilateral trade negotiations concluded recently in the GATT. I would oppose reducing the tariff further at what is a difficult time for the United Kingdom industry.

MOTOR VEHICLES* IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM
From EEC countriesFrom non-EEC countries
Number ('000)Value (£ million)Number ('000)Value (£ million)
1965522284
19666225106
196783351611
196889432014
196993471715
1970143752627
19712511505149
1972361260128107
1973374337172162
1974280299138156
1975298385181230
1976382720184303
19775121,128227426
19785741,438281612
19797662,146375845
* Including used vehicles.
For reasons of timing and coverage, figures of vehicle imports differ from figures showing registrations of imported vehicles. The table below shows registrations of new imported vehicles, which can be directly compared with total new vehicle registrations.
REGISTRATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OF NEWLY IMPORTED MOTOR VEHICLES*
From EEC countriesFrom non-EEC countries
ThousandsPercentage of total new motor vehicle registrationsThousandsPercentage of total new motor vehicle registrations
197013610282
197121514503
1972Not availableֵNot availableֵ
1973327171709
1974250171379
19752601816211
19763392317912
19774322820613
19785493029216
19796903434617
* Prior to 1975, these figures do not include buses and coaches.

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Information on registrations is not available by value.