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Trade Deficit (Ec)

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which EC countries have either a trade surplus or a smaller trade deficit as a proportion of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

33.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which EC countries have either a trade surplus or a smaller trade deficit as a proportion of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

66.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which EEC countries have either a trade surplus or a smaller trade deficit as a proportion of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom

90.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which EEC countries have either a trade surplus or a smaller trade deficit as a proportion of gross domestic product than the United Kingdom.

All except Portugal, Greece and Spain were in one or other category in 1988, the latest year for which complete figures are available.

94.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which five industrial sectors have the most adverse balance of trade in 1989 between the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Community on the latest available figures; and if he will make a statement.

Defining industrial sectors as divisions of the Standard International Trade Classification Revision 3, information for the first 11 months of 1989 is:

Division

Deficit

(£ million)

78 Road Vehicles5,567
05 Vegetables and Fruit1,204
65 Textile Yarn, Fabrics, Made-up Articles and Related Products1,067
72 Machinery Specialised for Particular Industries906
57 Plastics in Primary Forms777

91.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the EEC countries with which the United Kingdom has a manufacturing trade deficit.

106.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the EC countries with which the United Kingdom has a manufacturing trade deficit.

108.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the EEC countries with which the United Kingdom has a manufacturing trade deficit.

114.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the EEC countries with which the United Kingdom has a manufacturing trade deficit.

In the first 11 months of 1989 the United Kingdom had a manufacturing trade deficit with the following countries: France, Belgium/Luxembourg, Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Denmark and Portugal.