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Overseas Trade

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the volume of UK (a) imports from and (b) exports to (i) the European Union and (ii) the rest of the world were in (A) the latest year for which figures are available, (B) 2004, (C) 1999, (D) 1994 and (E) 1989. (266855)

[holding answer 26 March 2009]: The value of trade, including the Office for National Statistics first estimate for 2008, is shown in the following table:

£ billion

UK imports of goods and services

UK exports of goods and services

EU27

Rest of world

Total

EU27

Rest of world

Total

2008

238

223

461

208

209

417

2004

188

148

336

158

146

303

1999

142

114

256

132

110

243

1994

186

183

1989

143

124

Note:

Consistent data for trade with the EU27 are not available for years before 1999.

Source:

ONS Balance of Payments