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Far East: Trade And Investment Statistics

Volume 492: debated on Thursday 21 January 1988

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will state, for each of the years 1979–1986 inclusive, and for the period January-September 1987 inclusive, in respect of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore separately in pounds sterling—

  • (a) UK visible exports to;
  • (b) UK visible imports from;
  • (c) UK investment in the country concerned;
  • (d) Investments in the UK from the country concerned.
  • The available information is given in the attached tables.

    Table 1
    United Kingdom Exports 1979—Jan-Sep 1987
    Value £ million
    YearSouth KoreaTaiwanHong KongSingapore
    1979145·2103·1439·5270·9
    1980101·492·4559·2327·6
    1981155·8120·0618·5355·0
    1982167·7125·2730·7406·0
    1983169·0128·4727·3469·4
    1984219·6150·6897·4556·5
    1985247·8164·8949·2612·9
    1986288·4192·5961·0547·4
    Jan-Sep
    1987313·7215·7757·1436·7
    Table 2
    United Kingdom Imports 1979—Jan—Sep 1987
    Value £ million
    YearSouth KoreaTaiwanHong Kongsingapore
    1979269·6213·5689·3185·3
    1980243·5230·5849·8535·5
    1981325·5321·1896·6207·0
    1982321·6335·3870·8245·5
    1983440·3458·11,177·3403·1
    1984444·1585·21,266·2488·4
    1985480·4582·61,175·6441·3
    1986662·0705·81,530·8462·9
    Jan-Sep
    1987669·2707·91,098·7348·2

    Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.

    Notes: Figures for 1986 and 1987 are provisional.

    Exports fob; imports cif.

    Table 3

    United Kingdom Net Direct Investment Overseas 1979–1985

    Value £ million

    Year

    South Korea

    Taiwan

    Hong Kong

    Singapore

    19795442
    19802151
    19811128380
    1982-1-18050
    1983138021
    19844142200
    1985515906

    Table 4

    Overseas Net Direct Investment in the United Kingdom 1979–1985

    Value £ million

    Year

    South Korea

    Taiwan

    Hong Kong

    Singapore

    19794..
    1980-7..
    1981..-2..
    1982....9..
    1983..26..
    1984-17..
    1985..362

    Source: Overseas transactions Inquiry

    Notes: Figures for 1979–1983 exclude oil companies.

    Information for 1986 and 1987 is not yet available.

    —Nil or less than half the final digit shown.

    ..Not available.

    The information in tables 3 and 4 relates to overseas direct investment only; there is no country detail collected on UK portfolio investment.