HC Deb 15 December 1983 vol 50 c570W
Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what have been the total export figures for the pharmaceutical industry for the years 1979 to 1982; and if he will assess the likely change in the level of exports in the industry, in real terms, over the next three years.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Total export figures for pharmaceuticals as defined in UN Standard International Trade Classification Division 54 are as follows:

£ million
1979 639
1980 745
1981 832
1982 992

Figures for the first nine months of 1983 show an increase in the value of exports of about 10 per cent. over the same period in 1982. Because exports are particularly susceptible to the economic and other conditions of importing countries as well as to the prices of products in the United Kingdom we are unable to estimate the level of exports in the future.