§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proportion of the United Kingdom market for manufactured goods is taken by imports from less developed countries; and what is the proportion taken up by textiles and clothing, respectively, from less developed countries.
§ Mr. MacGregor
[pursuant to the reply, 18 November 1982, c. 275]: Imports from less developed countries as a proportion of the United Kingdom market are estimated as follows:
1981 per cent. 1st Half 1982 per cent. Manufactured goods 3.3 3.3 Textiles 7.3 7.0 Clothing 18.3 19.0
Manufactured goods, textiles and clothing are defined as products classified to minimum list headings 211–499, 411–429 and 441–449 respectively of the standard industrial classification, revised 1968. Less developed countries are taken as Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and "other developing countries" as defined in the overseas trade statistics.