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Video Cassette Recorders

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the total annual value of video cassette recorders sold in the United Kingdom over the last five years.

The available information is as follows:

Estimated sales in United Kingdom of video recorders 1980–84
£ million
198096
1981275
1982523
1983534
1984375

Source: Business Monitors PQ 365.2 & PQ 3454.

Notes:

1980–83: Estimate = imports less exports; United Kingdom production thought to be negligible for 1980–82 and is omitted for 1983 owing to the risk of disclosing information about individual enterprises.

1984: Estimate = United Kingdom production plus imports less exports.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who were the major manufacturers of video cassette recorders sold in the United Kingdom; and what were their shares of the United Kingdom market for each year since 1978.

This information is not available on overseas producers of VCRs. The United Kingdom producers of these machines are J2T; Sanyo, Mitsubishi; Toshiba and Sharp. Hitachi plan to begin production in the United Kingdom later this year.