HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 c6W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Industry when the figures for import penetration in table 15/13 of the Monthly Digest of Statistics were last updated; what is the reason for the delay in producing figures for quarterly periods after December 1980; and if he will now publish figures for the fourth quarter of 1982 or the latest quarter for which it is possible to provide figures.

Mr. Butcher

Import penetration figures for periods up to the 12 months ended September 1982 were included in table 15/13 of the February 1983 and subsequent editions of theMonthly Digest of Statistics. An article commenting on the figures was published in the 18 March 1983 edition of British Business and more detailed information has been given in Business Monitor MQ12. Data for the period ended June 1982 had previously been published in 21 January edition of British Business.