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British Goods (Exports)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is his analysis of the principal factors which affect the level of exports of British goods.

The principal factor is the ability of British industry to meet the demands of overseas customers while making an adequate return. Design, quality and delivery are often paramount, with price sometimes, but not always, a crucial determinant.