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Foreign Investment in UK

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of foreign capital into the UK has been in each month since January 2004. (241564)

[holding answer 9 December 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated December 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking for the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of foreign capital into the UK in each month since January 2004.(241564)

The Office for National Statistics does not collect data for total inflows and total outflows of foreign capital into the UK. Data is compiled for net inflows only, that is total inflows of foreign capital less total outflows of foreign capital. This data is not available on a monthly basis but. is compiled on a quarterly basis. Therefore data for net inflows of foreign capital into the UK are attached for every quarter since the first quarter of 2004.

This data is published in the quarterly Balance of Payments First Release.

Financial Account—Investment in the UK by non-residents: Net inflows (not seasonally adjusted)

£ million

Direct investment in the UK

Portfolio investment in the UK

Equity capital

Reinvested earnings

Other capital transactions

Total direct investment in the UK

Equity securities

Debt securities

Total portfolio investment the UK

Other investment the UK

Total investment in the UK by non-residents

HJYR

CYFV

HMAD

HJYU

XBLW

XBLX

HHZF

XBMN

HBNS

2004

23,716

8,558

-1,066

31,208

-6,938

95,487

88,549

425,577

545,334

2005

82,949

10,501

4,395

97,845

9,482

123,236

132,718

487,400

717,963

2006

55,393

22,195

7,301

84,889

-10,122

164,078

153,956

382,315

621,160

2007

87,809

24,288

-13,947

98,150

17,327

192,464

209,791

732,367

1,040,308

2004

Q1

1,382

2,759

1,131

5,272

-132

53,300

53,168

219,446

277,886

Q2

7,127

1,776

-2,865

6,038

-2,877

16,102

13,225

65,824

85,087

Q3

3,676

3,319

365

7,360

-1,382

17,047

15,665

84,968

107,993

Q4

11,531

704

303

12,538

-2,547

9,038

6,491

55,339

74,368

2005

Q1

8,445

2,632

4,765

15,842

11,379

47,322

58,701

199,555

274,098

Q2

2,786

3,141

8,598

14,525

3,608

25,308

28,916

131,625

175,066

Q3

64,961

3,497

2,252

70,710

-14,199

19,047

4,848

93,865

169,423

Q4

6,757

1,231

-11,220

-3,232

8,694

31,559

40,253

62,355

99,376

2006

Q1

25,916

4,857

3,480

34,253

-10,555

38,602

28,047

290,389

352,689

Q2

13,870

6,829

2,426

23,125

-7,215

29,914

22,699

-39,954

5,870

Q3

12,481

8,098

-749

19,830

12,161

49,318

61,479

55,629

136,938

Q4

3,126

2,411

2,144

7,681

-4,513

46,244

41,731

76,251

125,663

2007

Q1

12,843

7,437

-6,624

13,656

-294

34,936

34,642

410,748

459,046

Q2

25,264

5,761

-7,104

23,921

3,653

88,388

92,041

89,289

205,251

Q3

16,198

5,636

-8,439

13,395

-8,279

44,149

35,870

117,156

166,421

Q4

33,504

5,454

8,220

47,178

22,247

24,991

47,238

115,174

209,590

2008

Q1

23,784

5,730

-5,415

24,099

6,772

45,770

52,542

218,731

295,372

Q2

11,405

5,606

-2,766

14,245

14,557

83,270

97,827

-433,671

-321,599