HC Deb 24 May 1968 vol 765 cc137-8W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now give details of the latest available trade and investment figures of Great Britain with South Africa, with Portuguese Africa, and with the rest of Africa, respectively.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

I am sorry that my hon. Friend had difficulty in interpreting the references contained in my Answer of 7th May to certain statistical reports.

For the year ending March 1968, United Kingdom exports and imports were:

£ million
Imports c.i.f. Exports f.o.b. Reexports f.o.b.
South Africa 235 251 4
Portuguese Africa 5 18 negligible
Rest of Africa 500 310 5

Portuguese Africa comprises Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Portuguese Guinea, Principe and S. Tome Islands.

The book values of United Kingdom investment at end 1965 were:—

£ million
South Africa 392
Mozambique 10
Rest of Africa 398

A total for Portuguese Africa is not available.

The figures almost certainly do not reflect the full value of our investments. Details are given on page vii of the Board of Trade Journal of 26th January, 1968.

Details of net investment during 1966 have recently become available:

£ million
South Africa 35
Mozambique 1
Rest of Africa 14
—[Vol. 764, c. 59.]