§ 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 50W 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 14.7%)
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%)