HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 cc121-2W
Sir Nigel Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) how exports of manufactured goods from France, West Germany and Italy to Hong Kong compare with the world performance of such goods from these countries in terms of share of the market;

(2) how United Kingdom exports of manufactured goods to Hong Kong compare with United Kingdom world exports of manufactured goods in terms of share of the market.

Mr. Parkinson

A country's share of exports of manufactured goods is normally measured in terms of its share of the value of main manufacturing countries' exports of manufactured goods. The information, using this definition, is as follows:

To Hong Kong Per cent. To World
United Kingdom 10
France 10
Federal Republic of Germany 21
Italy 3 8
* The main manufacturing countries are taken as United Kingdom, Belgium/Luxembourg. France, Federal Republic of Germany, Italy. Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Canada and Japan. Together these countries account for about three-quarters of world exports of manufactured goods.
1 SITC Section 5 to 8.
2 Latest year for which complete information can readily be compiled and includes some estimation of exports to Hong Kong.
Sources: OECD Trade Series B and Highlights of United States Export and Import Trade.

Sir Nigel Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the value of United Kingdom, French, West German and Italian manufactured goods, respectively, exported to Hong Kong, expressed as a percentage of world trade.

Mr. Parkinson

The information is as follows:

Exports of manuafcturers to Hong Kong as a proportion of total exports of manufactures, 1979.

per cent.
United Kingdom … … …
France … … … … ¼
Federal Republic of Germany … ¼
Italy … … … … … ½

Source: Eurostat, Supplement to the Monthly External Trade Bulletin.