HC Deb 21 January 1981 vol 997 c153W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will publish a table in the Official Report showing in which sectors exports are (a) increasing in volume and (b) increasing their share of world trade in volume by reference to 1979 and 1978, respectively; and if, for these sectors, he will indicate the proportion of total exports covered and provide figures of actual volume where available to substantiate his case, particularly as regards manufactured goods.

Mr. Parkinson

The information requested, by broad commodity group, in respect of the volume of United Kingdom exports may be derived from table 9 of the monthly press notice "The current account of the United Kingdom balance of payments" for December, and from corresponding tables in theMonthly Review of External Trade Statistics. Copies of these publications are available in the House of Common Library.

Estimates of the United Kingdom share of world trade in volume terms are available only for manufactured goods as a whole. The latest estimates relate to the first half of 1980 and suggest some small fall in volume share.

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