§ Sir W. Robson-Brown
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the first 20 British exporting industries in order of precedence; and if he will further state the total value of the exports and their percentage of the total exports in each case for the years 1954 to 1959, respectively.
§ Mr. Maudling
This information is not available. Exports are classified by type of product and not by industry of origin. It is difficult to estimate the full contribution made by an industry to our export trade, including its contribution of materials or components for use by other industries in producing goods for export. A table listing industries in order of precedence would be arbitrary, since it would depend on the definition used in selecting industries.