HC Deb 20 December 1983 vol 51 cc134-5W
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

* January-October.

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.