§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will set out in the Official Report the value of the United Kingdom zip fastener market in each of the past four years, the export value achieved by United Kingdom manufacturers, and the level of import penetration into the United Kingdom market in general, and by Japan in particular; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Meacher
Information is not available from official sources about the total size of the United Kingdom zip fastener market but trade sources believe it to be around £15 million per annum.
Manufacturers' sales, including exports, of zip fasteners and parts, other than of plastic, are published quarterly in Business Monitor PQ399.8. Information about exports and imports of zip fasteners and parts is published in Volume I of the Annual Statement of Trade for 1971 and 1972. Figures for 1973 and January-November 1974 appear in the December 1973 and November 1974 issues of the Overseas Trade Statistics.