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Silk

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the total value of (a) imports and (b) exports of silk and silk products into and from the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years; and what each of these figures is as a percentage of total textile imports and exports in each of those years.

The information is as follows:

United Kingdom Trade in Silk and Silk Products and Textiles
£millions
Imports(c.i.f.)Exports (f.o.b)
Silk and Silk ProductsTextilesSilk per centSilk and Silk ProductsTextilesSilk per cent
197881,5410·541,4110·3
197981,7940·541,5400·3
198081,6360·561,5670·4
1981111,8600·661,3820·4
1982142,0360·771,3790·5
1983192,4490·891,5170·6
1984*222,8470·8111,7330·7
*Provisional

Source:

Textiles

SITC/R2 Division 65, Groups 266 and 267. Sub-group 268.7 (part), and item 847.11 in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

Silk and Silk Products

SITC/R2 Sub-groups 651.1 and 654.1, items 654.99 tariff-code 5804-0500, 656.01 5805-2000, and 657.73 5917-2100 in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

Notes:

(i) These definitions for textiles and silk do not include items of clothing or raw materials. Silk and silk products included as part of other headings are also excluded.

(ii) Due to changes in classification between SITC/R1 and SITC/R2 in 1978 it is not possible to provide corresponding data prior to that date.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has concerning the value of the annual output of the silk and silk product industries in each of the other member countries of the European Community.

Production* in the Silk Industry

Millions of ECU s

Federal Republic of Germany

France

Italy

Belgium

Ireland

Denmark

Exchange Rate ECUs to £

197357271964825723681·99
197464190969527325741·96
19751,00773527417681·79
197655882688136217821·61
197784575997433920861·53
19788837531,05235621641·51
19791,0348361,32838717701·55
19809828261,345412891·67
19819458221,514981·81

* Production value (excluding VAT)

† not available

Source: Eurostat (CRONOS).

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has concerning the tonnage and value of tussah silk imported from China in each of the last 10 years.

Tussah silk is not separately identified in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulations currently cover the import of tussah silk into the United Kingdom from China.

Imports of certain woven fabrics of tussah silk from China are free of quantitative restrictions provided they are certified as such by the appropriate Chinese authorities. Such tussah silk fabrics are those containing not less than 50 per cent. weight of tussah silk and exceeding 585g per 10 square metres in the gum or 485g per 10 square metres degummed. All other silk fabrics exceeding 585g per 10 square metres in the gum or 485g per 10 square metres degummed are subject to a quantitative limit of 65 tonnes perannum from China, as provided by Council Decision 84/657/EEC of 18 December 1984.