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Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what percentage of the British market is occupied by goods imported from Japan at the present time; and what the percentage was five years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, and 20 years ago.

For the products of manufacturing industry, imports from Japan accounted for 1·1 per cent of the United Kingdom market in the 12 months to September 1979, 0·9 per cent. in 1975, 0·3 per cent. in 1970 and 0·2 per cent. in 1963. Figures for earlier years and 1965 are not available.