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Raw Materials (Imports)

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of raw materials used in the United Kingdom is imported.

The crude ratio of imports of raw materials to their total United Kingdom consumption (ie home production plus imports less exports) can be misleading since re-exports tend to bias the ratio upwards. The following table provides estimated figures for 1980 of home production and trade for basic industrial raw materials (excluding food and food manufacturing inputs); and also fossil fuels.