HC Deb 29 January 1968 vol 757 cc242-3W
Mr. Robert L. Howarth

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the figures of imports for 1967 of made-up textile goods in cotton, man-made fibres and mixtures; and how these compare with the figures for the last five years expressed as a percentage of domestic consumption.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu,

pursuant to his answer [OFFICIAL REPORT, 22nd January, 1968; Vol. 757, c. 35],circulated the following information relating to made-up cotton textiles:

The estimated cloth content of imports of cotton made-up articles in the first ten months of 1967 was 172 million square yards, of which 90 million square yards came from Hong Kong, India and the global quota countries.

It is not possible to calculate home consumption precisely, as, for example, full information is not available about changes in stocks; but imports of cotton made-up articles have supplied the following percentages of estimated consumption of cotton cloth:

Hong Kong, India and global quota countries Other countries All countries
1962 6 3 9
1963 6 3 9
1964 7 3 10
1965 5 4 9
1966 6 5 11
1967 (10 months) 7 6 13

Information relating to made-up textiles in man-made fibres and mixtures is not available.