HC Deb 09 July 1971 vol 820 cc482-3W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what industries have now informed him of their intention to give higher wages to their employees in the event of United Kingdom membership of the European Economic Community.

Mr. Noble


Mr. David Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total sterling value of United Kingdom imports from Australia; and if he will list the 12 largest categories of goods, indicating the percentage value of total Australian exports represented by each category; the sterling value of each category; and the changes which entry into the European Economic Community

Main Categories Value of Australian exports to the United Kingdom, year ending June, 1970 Exports to the United Kingdom as a percentage of all Australian exports*
Division Description £000 Per cent.
68 Non-ferrous metals 50,149 2.6
04 Cereals and cereal preparations 29,584 1.5
26 Textile fibres, etc 29,428 1.5
05 Fruit and vegetables 21,228 1.1
02 Dairy products and eggs 20,972 1.1
01 Meat and meat preparations 20,440 1.1
28 Metalliferous ores and scrap 16,249 0.8
06 Sugar, sugar preparations and honey 15,092 0.8
67 Iron and Steel 2,078 0.1
71 Machinery, non-electric 1,758 0.1
73 Transport equipment 1,689 0.1
21 Hides, skins and furskins, undressed 1,554 0.1
Total of all exports to the United Kingdom 227,841 11.8
* The value of all Australian exports to the world as a whole in the year ending June, 1970 was £1,928 million

3. Of the categories listed above only transport equipment is now dutiable, at rates not greatly different from those in the Common External Tariff. Cereals, meat, dairy products, sugar, canned fruits and vegetables would be subject to levies, duties or combined charges of 20 per cent. or more. Iron and steel, wrought metals and non-electric machinery would be dutiable at rates generally below 10 per cent., whilst ores, scrap, most unwrought metals, wool and hides would continue to be duty free.