§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what effect he estimates the larger market of the European Free Trade Association has had on the United Kingdom growth rate.
§ Mr. Noble
Our exports to the other members of E.F.T.A. increased by 9½ per cent. per annum between 1960 and 1970. The many variables involved make it impossible to gauge accurately the influence of this increase on the United Kingdom growth rate but the general effect has undoubtedly been beneficial.