§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Technology (Mr. Richard Marsh)
Increases in exports obtained by the electronic components industry between 1964 and 1965 amounted to 15 per cent. for valves, tubes and semiconductors, where the figure rose from £12.4 million to £14.2 million and to just over 30 per cent. for resistors, capacitors and transformers, where the figure rose from £3.5 million to £4.6 million. There are at present no complete statistics of production for the industry.
§ Mr. Biffen
In view of the interest there is in this subject, would the hon. Gentleman represent to his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade the desirability of collecting these statistics so that one may determine to what extent they are accounted for by British companies which are the subsidiaries of American parents?
§ Mr. Marsh
I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the keeping of statistics in this sphere is not satisfactory at present. That is being reviewed now with a view to putting them on a better footing, although I cannot resist returning to the point that it is a pity the statistics were not reviewed a long time ago.