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Invisible Trade

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's practice on publishing figures for invisible trade.

My Department publishes monthly estimates of invisible trade in the monthly press notice on trade statistics. The invisibles estimates are compiled and supplied by the Central Statistical Office. For the most recent periods, the statisticians publish a projection in round numbers until data become available to them. Monthly surveys of invisibles transactions are not conducted. Monthly figures are conventionally shown as one third of the corresponding quarter's figure.