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Overseas Private Investment

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table showing which countries were the recipients of British private investment overseas in 1984 with the relevant figures.

Geographical details of direct investment overseas by United Kingdom companies (excluding oil companies) are given in "Business Monitor MA4" which is available in the House of Commons Library. The latest issue gives figures for 1982. Summary figures for 1983 (including geographical information) will be published by the Department of Trade and Industry in "British Business" very shortly. Direct investment covered about a quarter of British private investment overseas as a whole in 1982: no geographical details are available of the investments made by oil companies or of portfolio or property investment by United Kingdom residents.