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Balance Of Trade

Volume 24: debated on Friday 21 May 1982

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asked the Minister of Trade if he will publish a table showing the balance of trade in manufactured goods with the Europen Economic Community and the rest of the world, respectively, in that part of 1982 for which figures are available; and if he will publish comparable figures, respectively, for the similar periods of each year since 1965.

The available information is as follows:

United Kingdom Balance of Trade in Manufactures*
£ million
European CommunityRest of the World
January–February 1970+71+294
January–February 1971+28+282
January–February 1972+17+368
January–February 1973-38+362
January–February 1974-158+212
January–February 1975-181+628
January–February 1976-90+781
January–February 1977-224+746
January–February 1978-295+1,009
January–February 1979-393+352
January–February 1980-785+1,131
January–February 1981-162+908
January–February 1982-670+796


* Standard International Trade Classification, Sections 5 to 8 on Overseas Trade Statistics basis.

Including Greece, Denmark, and Ireland throughout.

Figures have been adjusted, as far as is practicable, on to a 1981 classification basis. Any remaining discontinuities are likely to be very small.

Figures for February 1982 are provisional.