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Manufactures

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade what was the positive or negative balance of trade in manufactures with the Commonwealth in the most recent annual period for which figures are available; what were the comparable figures for the preceding 12 calendar years for which figures are available; and if he will publish further tables for these periods showing the total value of manufacturing exports and imports from the Commonwealth.

The information is as follows:

United Kingdom Trade in Manufactures*with the Commonwealth†
£millionOverseas Trade Statistics basis
ExportsImportsCrude Balance
19691,312682+630
19701,398784+614
19711,683744+940
19721,588775+313
19731,8301,047+783
19742,4141,295+1,119
19752,9041,248+1,656
19763,4281,620+1,809
19774,2001,724+2,476
19784,7451,802+2,943
19794,5312,141+2,390
19805,3522,226+3,127
October 1981 to September 19826,1482,560+3,588

Note:

* Standard International Trade Classification, Sections 5 to 8

†Excluding Bangladesh from 1969 to 1972.

Source:Overseas Trade Statistics of the UK.

asked the Minister for Trade what percentage of the United Kingdom's manufacturing exports went to the European Economic Community, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world, respectively, in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available.

For the ]2 months October 1981 to September 1982, the information is as follows:

per cent.

Other EC countries37
Commonwealth16½
Rest of World46½

Source:Overseas Trade Statistics of the UK.

asked the Minister for Trade what tariffs on imports of manufactures, other than textiles and clothing, give the greatest protection to British industry against non-European Economic Community competition in terms both of the height of the tariff and the amount of trade involved; and if he will list the six most important items together with items from non-European Economic Community sources.

Information in this form and detail is not readily available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.