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Cement

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tonnage of bagged ordinary portland cement was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004; [R] (142998)

(2) what tonnage of bulk ordinary portland cement was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004. [R]

Figures are not available separately for bagged and bulk portland cement. HM Revenue and Customs Overseas Trade Statistics give the following figures for imports of portland cement, whether or not coloured, in thousand tonnes.

Imports of portland cement

Quarter

Weight (thousand tonnes)

2004

Q1

413

Q2

546

Q3

604

Q4

458

2005

Q1

509

Q2

403

Q3

376

Q4

289

2006

Q1

357

Q2

375

Q3

325

Q4

340

Source:

Overseas Trade Statistics.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tonnage of bagged cement (with additives) was (a) produced in the UK and (b) imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004; (142999)

(2) what tonnage of ordinary Portland cement was produced in the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004.

The Office for National Statistics publishes annual figures for Product Sales and Trade: Cement (PRA 26510). Combining the figures for white and grey Portland cement gives the following volume data in million tonnes.

Tonnes (million)

UK manufacturer sales

Total exports

Total imports

UK net supply

2004

12.2

0.2

2.0

14.0

2005

12.1

0.3

1.6

13.3

2006

11.2

0.6

1.4

12.1