HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 cc49-50W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was the extent of the increase in British exports to Japan in the nine-month period ended 30th September as compared with the same period in 1977; in which areas the principal increase has taken place; and what is their total value.

Mr. Meacher

Following is the information on the current basis of the Overseas Trade Statistics of the United Kingdom:

UK Exports to Japan £ million
1977 (January—September) 347
1978 (January—September) 398
Increase 51

The largest contributions to the increase in the value of total exports were made in the following sections of the Standard International Trade Classification (Revision 2):

£ million
Section 6 (manufactured goods classified chiefly by material) 15.5 (20.7%)
Section 7 (machinery and transport equipment) 13.1 (12.3%)
Section 8 (miscellaneous manufactured articles) 9.6 (23.2%)
Section 5 (chemicals and related products) 7.1 (13.0%)

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