HC Deb 28 October 1976 vol 918 cc327-8W
Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report figures showing the value of export credit guarantees taken up by the power engineering industry during each of the last three years for which this information is available.

Mr. Dell

The Export Credits Guarantee Department's statistics are not kept on a basis that would enable this sector, as such, to be identified, and thus I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations he has received from the power engineering industry about the availability of export credit facilities; and if he will make a statement.

Recent statistics of imports of manufactures by direction are not available for the majority of countries in the area. The coverage of total imports represents 99.7 per cent. of the countries in the sterling area. The figures for 1973 and 1974 are distorted by the increased value of oil imports, which it is not possible to exclude.

1972 17.8
1973 15.3
1974 12.4
1975 13.9

Source: IMF Direction of Trade.

Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the United Kingdom's share of world trade by price and volume, respectively, in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available.

Mr. Clinton Davis

The available information is as follows:

Mr. Dell

The Government are aware of the situation of the power plant industry and various representations have been made. These are being studied Individual firms belonging to the power engineering industry make regular use of the facilities of the Export Credits Guarantee Department and are in regular touch with the Department about their needs.

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