§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Minister for Trade why the January trade statistics were published seven weeks late; and when it is proposed to publish the February and March statistics.
§ Mr. Peter Rees
The January trade statistics were delayed by difficulties associated with the new procedure for the processing of documents at Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. It is hoped to be able to publish the February figures before the end of April and the March figures shortly thereafter.