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Radio And Television Cabinets

Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what was the total domestic output of radio and television cabinets (764.93), the percentage exported and the share of the domestic market taken by imports in each year since 1975.

The available information for radio and television cabinets is as follows:

United Kingdom manufacturers' salesExportsImports
£ million£ million£ million
197533·76·71·1
197636·35·80·9
197745·22·11·4

United Kingdom manufacturers' sales

Exports

Imports

£ million

£ million

£ million

197846·22·22·2
197956·21·92·6
198048·41·22·9
198143·52·83·9
198235·72·93·8
198340·73·25·5
198440·73·76·6
198541·92·79·1
198641·31·912·9

United Kingdom manufacturers' sales up to and including 1980 are for firms employing 25 or more people for both wooden and plastic cabinets. From 1981 onwards the figures relate to firms employing 50 or more for plastic cabinets and 35 or more for wooden cabinets. Therefore, figures for export and import ratios are not given as they are likely to overstate the true position.

Sources:

Business Monitors PQ472 and PQ496 (up to and including 1980). PQ4671 and PQ4836 (from 1981 onwards).

Definitions:

United Kingdom manufacturers' sales cover wooden cabinets for radio, TV and gramophone (including combination cabinets); plastic cabinets and lids for radio, TV, gramophone, tape recorder cabinets and lids.

Exports and imports: The tariff codes used are:

1975–77

1978–84

1945–86

Cabinets of wood8515–62718515–41008515–7700
8515–6182
Cabinets of materials8515–62718515–49008515–7900
8515–6588