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Petrochemical Products (Imports-Exports)

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, for chemical products made from petroleum and imported into the United Kingdom in substantial quantities, he will give (a) the quantity and average price per tonne of imports from the United States of America and the European Economic Community, (b) the quantity and average price of United Kingdom exports to the United States of America and the European Economic Community, (c) the amount of duty and value added tax on duty payable on imports from the United States of America and (d) the ratio of imports from the United States of America to imports from the European Economic Community.

To provide this information would entail undue cost, in view of the large number of chemicals produced from petroleum. Some details of imports and exports may be derived from the Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom under SITC Section 5—chemicals and related products. Information on the duty payable on imports is given in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise tariff. Copies of these publications are in the Library.