Mr. J. E. B. Hill
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of British exports to the countries of the European Economic Community and to the rest of Europe of livestock, cereals and agricultural machinery, respectively, in each of the last four years; and what are the latest trends.
§ Mr. Mason
There has been an increase in exports of live cattle in the last two years resulting from the world shortage of beef. The export of cereals depends largely on the effect of weather conditions on the quality of domestic crops. Part of the 1965 fall in exports to the Community of agricultural machinery results from the expansion of tractor manufacturing capacity there. Following is the information:
UNITED KINGDOM EXPORTS European Economic Community Rest of Western Europe (a) £thousand £thousand Livestock b 1962 2,040 242 1963 3,456 213 1964 13,982 268 1965 21,250 325 Cereals 'c 1962 6,951 897 1963 5,396 1,570 1964 1,760 316 1965 4,203 313 Agricultural machinery (d) 1962 23,079 30,895 1963 29,361 34,652 1964 26,667 32,428 1965 16,879 33,160 (a) E.F.T.A. including Finland, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia Faroe Islands, Andorra, Spain, Canary Islands and Spanish ports in North Africa. (b) Live animals (excluding zoo animals, cats and dogs). (c) Cereals, unmilled (including cereals for owing) and milled. (d) Agricultural and horticultural machinery (including parts and accessories) but excluding track-laying tractors. The figures for 1962 are not exactly comparable with those for subsequent years.