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Balance of Trade: Bees

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the UK's balance of trade in bees and bee products was in each year since 1997 in standard prices; and if he will make a statement. (212419)

The following table gives HMRC overseas trade statistics for the value of trade in honey and wax. Data for trade in live bees cannot be separated from trade in other animals.

£ million

Exports of natural honey

Exports of beeswax and other insect waxes

Imports of natural honey

Imports of beeswax and other insect waxes

Implicit balance

1997

2.2

1.2

23.7

1.4

(21.7)

1998

1.6

0.8

20.9

1.2

(19.8)

1999

1.4

0.4

16.1

1.4

(15.6)

2000

1.5

0.6

16.4

1.2

(15.6)

2001

1.2

0.2

20.0

1.2

(19.8)

2002

2.8

0.4

34.1

1.6

(32.6)

2003

2.7

0.6

39.2

1.5

(37.4)

2004

3.2

0.6

39.7

1.3

(37.3)

2005

2.5

0.4

35.0

1.4

(33.4)

2006

2.9

0.6

38.5

1.8

(36.8)

2007

3.6

0.5

42.6

1.4

(39.9)