HC Deb 19 January 1981 vol 997 cc9-10W
25. Mr. Woolmer

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what has been the increase in the value and volume of imports and exports of textiles and clothing in the latest available 12-month period, distinguishing between low-cost and other countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Parkinson

In the period December 1979 to November 1980, the value of imports of textiles and textile clothing from low-cost countries decreased by 6 per cent. compared with the preceding 12-months and imports from the rest of the world decreased by 4 per cent. Exports to low-cost countries increased by 10 per cent. and to the rest of the world by 4 per cent.

United Kingdom Trade in Textiles and Textile Clothing: Change in Value in the Period December 1979—November 1980 compared with the preceding 12-Months
Total Decrease in £ million cif Imports Percentage Decrease Increase in £ million fob Exports Percentage Increase
Total trade of which consigned from/to: 124 4.3 117 5.3
Low-cost countries 60 5.5 56 10.1
Other countries 65 3.6 61 3.7


(a) figures correspond to SITC/R2 Divisions 65 and 84 (excluding Group 848), Groups 266 and 267 and Sub-group 268.7 (part).

(b) differences in the figures for total trade and the sum of their components are due to rounding.

(c) corresponding details of the volume of trade are not available.