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Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what has been the balance of trade with countries of the Eastern bloc, COMECON group, over the last year; and what is the anticipated balance of trade with those countries over the coming year.

In 1980 there was a surplus of £235 million in our crude balance of trade with the COMECON countries. I prefer not to venture an estimate for 1981 or 1982.