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Raw Material Imports

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what raw materials, excluding food, the United Kingdom imports from other members of the European Economic Community; and what per centage these form of total raw material imports, excluding food.

Imports consigned from the Community accounted for 17 per cent. of total imports of raw materials in 1979. With permission I will circulate the remaining information in the Official Report. The raw materials of which the highest proportion of our imports come from other members of the European Community are animal and vegetable oils and fats, crude and processed, other crude vegetable and animal materials and synthetic rubber.

The following is the remaining information:

IMPORTS IN 1979 OF RAW MATERIALS CONSIGNED FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY

SITC (R2) Division and Description

Percentage of Value (cif) of Total UK Imports

26 Textile fibres not made into yarn or fabric23·8
29 Crude vegetable and animal materials nes48·4
27 Crude fertilisers and crude minerals29·0
28 Metalliferous ores and metal scrap10·5
23 Crude rubber (mainly synthetic43·1
42 Fixed vegetable oils and fats27·1
21 Raw hides, skins and fur-skins21·9
41 Animal oils and fats42·4
43 Processed animal and vegetable oils and fats52·4
24 Wood and Cork2·9
22 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruit4·8
25 Pulp and waste paper2·1

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom, SITR(R2) Sections 2 and 4 (raw materials other than fuels, food, beverages and tobacco).