HC Deb 16 April 1986 vol 95 c410W
22. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the size of the deficit in Britain's high technology trade in the year 1986–87.

Mr. Pattie

The United Kingdom had a positive trade balance in the high technology goods of £75 million in 1985. I am confident that United Kingdom companies are well placed to take advantage of the export cpportunities which will arise in 1986 and 1987.

Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, pursuant to his answer of 8 April, Official Report, column 20, on assistance given in the procurement of United States re-export licences, he will give (a) the specific kind of goods which were to be exported, (b) the destinations to which they were to be exported and (c) the approximate percentage of American content in those goods; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alan Clark

In two cases the destination involved was USSR: in one, Hong Kong: in the other two cases, a number of destinations were involved. Information about the nature of the goods and the percentage of US content is commercially confidential.

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