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Trade Statistics

Volume 268: debated on Thursday 7 December 1995

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade for what reasons he does not publish figures for United Kingdom share of main manufacturing countries exports in table D1 of the "Monthly Review of External Trade Statistic", and if he will (a) publish up to date figures in the Official Report and (b) include the figures in future editions of the MRETS.

The series were temproarily discontinued when MRETS was suspended, following introduction of Intrastate, during 1993–94. With the rebasing of United Kingdom volume series using 1990 weights it is necessary to rebase the volume of manufactured exports for the main manufacturing countries as a whole. This work is continuing and the series will be reinstated as soon as possible.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his estimate of the share of the domestic market taken by (a) imported manufactured goods and (b) imported services for each year since 1975. [4401]

Consistent information for each year since 1975 is not available. The following estimates are derived from input-output tables which were published every five years prior to 1989.

Imports as a percentage of home demand
YearManufacturing industryServices
The 1992 standard industrial classification has changed the definition of manufacturing industry. The new definition includes the manufacture of coke ovens, mineral oil processing and nuclear fuel processing and excludes mining and quarrying of materials other than coal. The table takes account of these major changes but there may still be some definitional differences between 1992 and earlier figures.The figures only include direct trade. Services provided locally as a result of overseas direct investment are not included in these figures.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what considerations led him to cease publication of figures for United Kingdom export unit values for manufactures which have been published in table 2.15 of "Economic Trends" after the third quarter of 1994. [4557]

The publication of UK export unit values of manufactures has not been discontinued. Table 2.15 of the November "Economic Trends" contains figures up to the first quarter of 1995, the latest quarter for which unit value indices based on $US denominated exports are available from the International Monetary Fund.