HC Deb 27 July 1983 vol 46 c487W
46. Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the total deficit in manufacturing trade with the European Community over the past five years; and what was the comparable figure for the five years before the United Kingdom joined the European Community.

Mr. Channon

The total deficit on trade in manufactures with the rest of the European Community over the period 1978 to 1982 was £12.4 billion on the balance of payments basis. On the same basis there was a total surplus on this trade of £0.8 billion over the three years 1970 to 1972; figures on this basis are not available prior to 1970.