§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will show, by year, the total amounts of raw asbestos fibres imported into the United Kingdom from 1974 to date.
§ Mr. Channon
[pursuant to the reply, 12 December 1983, c. 302]: The available information is as follows:
Asbestos Fibres, Flakes or Powder Imports Quantities in Thousand Metric Tonnes 1976 132 1977 113 1978 106 1979 105 1980 88 1981 60 1982 48 *1983 35
Source: SITC/R2 Sub-group 278.4 (part) (and the equivalent under
SITC/R1) in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.
Notes: (a) Asbestos fibres, flakes or powder are not separately identified in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics before 1976.
(b) There have been no imports of blue asbestos fibre, flakes or powder in the period in question.