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Trade Statistics

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) what percentage of United Kingdom total trade, trade in manufactures and trade in foodstuffs is now done with the European Economic Community, the European Economic Community Six and the Commonwealth; how the Commonwealth is defined for this purpose; and how these percentages compare with the position in 1972;(2) what percentage of United Kingdom total imports and exports, of imports and exports of manufactures, and of imports and exports of foodstuffs now arise in trade with the European Economic Community, the European Economic Community Six and the Commonwealth; and how these figures compare with the figures in 1972;(3) what tariffs are now imposed on United Kingdom exports of manufactures to Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, India and the West Indies; and whether other countries now enjoy the same or more favourable access to these markets;(4) what percentages of United Kingdom imports and exports arose in trade with

(a) the Commonwealth, defined in each case, (b) the European Economic Community Six, (c) other Western European countries, (d) the United States of America, (e) oil-exporting countries and (f) others, in 1980; and how these figures compare with 1948 and 1970.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what proportion of the market for manufactured goods the United Kingdom now enjoys in Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, India and the West Indies; and how these figures compare with 1970.

The available information is as follows:

United Kingdom share of the value of imports of manufactured goods*
1970Per cent Year as indicated
Australia2411 (1980)
New Zealand3317 (1980)
Nigeria3324 (1978)
India1114 (1977)
West Indies2622 (1977)

Notes:

* SITC 5to 8.

Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica and Bahamas. Data in respect of other countries of the British West Indies are not readily available.

Sources:

UN Commodity Trade Statistics OECD Trade Series B and National Sources.