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Banana Imports

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will state the quota for banana imports into the United Kingdom for each of the years 1983, 1984 and 1985; if he will break these figures down into the allocations for Northern Ireland and Great Britain, respectively, in each year, and if he will also state the actual level of imports into both parts of the United Kingdom in each year mentioned.

The requested details of the United Kingdom import quota for bananas originating in the dollar area are, by quota period:

(tonnes)
1 October 1982 to 30 September 19831 October 1983 to 30 September 19841 October 1984 to 31 December 1985 (15 months)
TOTAL124,848120,114122,450
Of which:
Northern Ireland7,8657,86510,000
Great Britain116,983112,249112,450

Source: DTI Import Licensing figures

Import statistics are collected for the United Kingdom as a whole and are not separately identified by region; and in the case of bananas they include plantains. The details requested are as follows:

(tonnes)

1983

1984

1985 (Jan-March)

Total imports of fresh bananas (including plantains)307,169309,327*78,797*

* Provisional.

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics SITC/Rev 2 Sub Group 057.3 Tariff Heading 0801 3100