To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the monthly cost of United Kingdom imports of timber for each month from March 1992 to March 1993.
[holding answer 22 June 1993]: The available information is given in the table.
[holding answer 10 June 1993]: Prior to 1987 the Department did not collect details of the tonnages of chemicals discharged offshore. A trial collection of data was made in 1987 and another in 1990, but there are doubts as to the completeness of the returns for those years. The first comprehensive annual return was that for 1991 which is set out in the table; the 1992 data are currently being collated. The products covered by the return are not in general discharged to the sea except from offshore installations.
|United Kingdom imports of timber1|
1. Timber is defined as heading 245.01, 246, 247 and 248 of the Standard International Trade Classification (revision 3).
2. Figures for EC trade will be available later in the year.
Source: Business Monitor MM20, Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom.