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EU: Trade

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 8 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the average annual trade balance with the European Union member states over the period 2001 to 2006. [HL3516]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, Director of Macroeconomics and Labour Market, to Lord Stoddart of Swindon, dated 8 May 2007, in the absence of the National Statistician.

The average annual trade deficit for goods with the European Union member states over the period 2001 to 2006 was £27.7 billion. This includes trade with Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU on 1 January 2007. The latest data are published on the National Statistics website at www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=613.