§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Of imports, 29 per cent. in 1953, 30 per cent. in 1954 and 31 per cent. in 1955. Of exports, 31 per cent. in 1953, and 32 per cent. in both 1954 and 1955.
§ Mr. Holt
In view of the growing proportion of our trade both ways with Europe and the fact that this has gone along with increased liberalisation, would the right hon. Gentleman say when the Government intend to take further steps towards liberalisation, as we are now falling behind the other European countries with a lower percentage of about 85 per cent. only?
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
I think that that is a rather large policy question to hang upon a request for statistical information.
|THE PROPORTIONS OF UNITED KINGDOM TRADE WITH CERTAIN AREAS IN 1955|
|—||Percentages of total trade (1)|
|Imports||U.K. Exports||Exports plus re-exports|
|Per cent.||Per cent.||Per cent.|
|Commonwealth countries (2)||…||…||46.1||48.7||47.4|
|Non-Commonwealth sterling countries||…||…||3.6||5.9||5.8|
|Non-sterling non-dollar countries||…||…||37.8||37.1||38.2|
|(1) The columns add up to more than 100 per cent. This is because Canadian trade comes into the figures for both the Commonwealth and the "dollar countries". The respective percentages are 8.8, 4.9, and 4.8. Similarly the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is included both as Commonwealth and as "non-sterling non-dollar". The percentages are 0.4, 0.5 and 0.4.|
|(2) Independent members, Channel Islands, British whale fisheries and all colonial Protectorates, Trust and Mandated Territories, territories under Condominium and the Protected States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Trucial States.|