HC Deb 09 March 1981 vol 1000 c229W
Sir Anthony Meyer

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list in the Official Report the export to import ratios that the United Kingdom achieved in trade in manufactured goods, excluding trade in precious stones, with each of the following countries or groupings: (a) Japan, (b) North America, (c) other European Community member States excluding Greece and (d) Spain, Portugal and Greece for each year since 1973.

Mr. Parkinson

The information is as follows:

United Kingdom Export/Import Ratio of Trade in Manufactures Less Precious Stones†
Japan North America European Community‡ Spain, Portugal and Greece
1973 48 96 87 191
1974 47 82 84 180
1975 38 86 87 174
1976|| 37 88 90 187
1977 36 83 90 207
1978 34 88 83 135
1979 32 81 79 116
1980 28 66 86 117
SITC sections 5 to 8.
† Taken as SITC division 66 (Non-metallic mineral manufactures nes) as full details of trade in precious stones are not published.
‡ Excluding Greece.
|| Figures up to 1976 are on an SITC rev 1 basis and subsequently on a rev 2 (1981) basis. The effect of the difference is very small.

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.

Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what has been the average annual deficit or surplus in trade in manufactured goods with the European Economic Community and with the rest of the world, respectively, since the date of the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community; and if he will also publish the average annual deficits or surpluses, respectively, for a comparable period of years before accession.

Mr. Parkinson

I shall reply to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

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