§ Mr. Clemitson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the value of imports in each of the last 10 years expressed as a percentage of total industrial production in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Meacher
Estimates of the value of imports of manufactured products as a percentage of the United Kingdom output of the same products for the years 1966–75 are as follows:
Imports as percentage of output 1966 23 1967 26 1968 28 1969 26 1970 27 1971 26 1972 28 1973 35 1974 39 1975 35
Manufactured products are the products of manufacturing industry as defined in the Standard Industrial Classification 1968.
Output has been estimated free of duplication—i.e., to exclude sales within manufacturing industry.
The percentages overstate imports as a proportion of total output because of the inclusion of goods for re-export, processing and repair.