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Exports

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what the monetary value was of high technology sector exports from Wales (a) in total and (b) to China in the last five years; (315789)

(2) what the monetary value was of exports from each (a) sector and (b) industry in Wales in each of the last five years;

(3) what estimate he has made of the monetary value of financial services provided from Wales to overseas in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of UK exports (a) in total and (b) to China such services accounted for in each of the last five years;

A breakdown of total Welsh exports by product sector is provided in Table 1 and similar data for exports to China are provided in Table 2.

No breakdown exists that details high technology products although some of the industries in the tables do have high technology as a feature of their activity. For exports to China, information can be provided only for the top four industries and no breakdown of the export of financial services is available.

These figures clearly demonstrate the vibrancy of Welsh exports and their strength in new markets with total exports to China in creasing by over 60 per cent. in the last year for which figures are available.

Table 1: Value of Welsh exports to all countries, latest data

Value (£ million)

Year ending:

Product sector

Q3 2005

Q3 2006

Q3 2007

Q3 2008

Q3 20091

Energy

1,248.5

1,732.0

1,649.6

2,339.8

1,933.6

Engineering

1,433.7

1,441.1

1,169.6

1,170.6

1,865.7

Metals

1,654.7

1,855.2

2,204.8

2,397.8

1,649.3

Chemicals

1,319.5

1,108.6

1,075.3

1,168.8

1,093.9

IT and electronics

490.5

458.6

397.8

661.3

554.4

Automotive

845.3

888.4

792.0

562.0

402.3

Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals

103.0

145.4

292.5

429.1

362.1

Household goods

446.9

349.3

337.2

294.3

248.4

Healthcare

182.7

188.8

177.6

206.2

193.3

Paper and packaging

197.0

153.7

190.4

184.2

187.7

Telecommunications

221.8

325.3

141.8

145.5

146.5

Giftware

129.8

101.3

96.0

111.4

135.6

Agriculture

123.0

146.7

117.2

96.4

115.2

Recreation and leisure

57.2

97.3

95.7

98.0

103.6

Food and drink

56.5

43.7

36.2

65.0

76.5

Oil and gas

29.8

51.3

58.1

68.2

75.6

Building

83.3

92.1

86.8

85.6

73.7

Environment

29.5

27.2

29.1

35.8

39.5

Textiles

46.2

48.3

38.7

35.8

33.6

Clothing

15.9

16.3

21.6

25.4

29.6

Security

22.7

20.3

23.4

26.6

23.6

Creative and media

41.5

22.3

14.1

14.2

18.0

Transport

9.8

16.6

10.0

9.0

12.4

Unknown

0.3

0.7

12.1

22.4

23.4

Total

8,788.9

9,330.5

9,067.6

10,253.5

9,397.7

1 Provisional

Source:

Statistics and Analysis of Trade Unit, HM Revenue and Customs, 25 November 2009

Table 2: Value of Welsh exports to China, latest data

Value (£ million)

Year ending:

Product sector

Q3 2005

Q3 2006

Q3 2007

Q3 2008

Q3 20091

Top 4 sectors by value in latest year

Engineering

123.3

101.3

58.1

68.7

153.8

Chemicals

10.7

13.8

14.2

13.5

19.0

Metals

38.1

29.6

28.3

26.8

19.0

Automotive

1.5

2.1

4.0

4.4

5.5

Other

13.4

12.0

12.1

18.8

17.0

Total

187.0

158.8

116.7

132.2

214.4

1 Provisional

Source:

Statistics and Analysis of Trade Unit, HM Revenue and Customs, 25 November 2009