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Ussr (British Companies)

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the principal companies involved in capital works in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the value of such contracts ; what discussions have been held with them by the Government; and if it remains Her Majesty's Government policy to encourage such trade.

It is not the Government's practice to disclose information on the export activities of individual companies except by arrangement with the firms concerned. We keep in touch with companies concerned with major export contracts. As my right hon. Friend told my hon. Friend for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat) on 4 February, the Government believe that trade should continue to be developed where this is genuinely in the interest of both countries.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the total number and value of imports of cars, trucks, vans and lorries into the

United Kingdom from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in each year since June 1970.

UNITED KINGDOM IMPORTS FROM THE USSR

Passenger motor cars (1)

Motor vehicles for the transport of goods or materials (2)

Number

Value (£'000 cif)

Number

Value (£'000 cif)

19702538336998
1971838291780399
19724,9811,6923,020998
197310,3453,6883,7361,716
19746,1803,2239241,024
19756,6944,214886886
19769,2286,255145922
197714,96513,04747153
197817 99818 49081496
197923,54427,088411735

Source : United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics ((1) SITC (Rev 2) Group 781 and (2) sub-group 782.1 and corresponding items under SITC (Rev 1)).