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Exports (North-West)

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has on the export performance of firms in the north-west.

Export data are collated on a national not regional basis and it is not possible to separately identify the export performance of firms in the north-west from official trade statistics.However, north-west chambers of commerce survey local industry and commerce quarterly. Their findings for the first quarter of 1990 indicate that generally, compared with the fourth quarter of 1989, exports continue to grow and that the north-west region is sharing in the growth of exports nationally.