§ Mr. Phillip Oppenheim
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the quantity, value, and country of origin of all natural and chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides, that were imported from 1979 to 1983, inclusive.
§ Mr. Fletcher
the available information is as follows:
£ million cif 1979 216.8 1980 207.2 1981 203.7 1982 224.2 1983 292.7
Source: UK Overseas Trade Statistics, SITC(R2) division 56 and subgroups 271.1–4 inclusive, 591.1 and 591.3.
(a) details of quantities imported and countries of origin could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
(b) figures for fertilisers include urea containing more than 45 per cent. by weight of nitrogen on the dry anhydrous product (ex item 562.16).
(c) figures exclude herbicides and insecticides based on copper compounds and classified under sub-group 591.2 (fungicides).
(d) figures also exclude disinfectants and plant-growth regulators classified under sub-group 591.4.