HC Deb 11 May 1989 vol 152 cc509-10W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his reply of 9 December,Official Report, column 346, how the calculations for the percentage of total visible exports supported by defence exports were made.

Mr. Alan Clark

Since the answer to the hon. Gentleman's previous question on 9 December 1988 at column346 was given my attention has been drawn to the fact that the percentages were based on figures which did not fully represent United Kingdom defence equipment exports.

The correct figures—based on headings in the Overseas Trade Statistics which cover defence equipment expressed as a percentage of total United Kingdom exports are 1.1 per cent. in 1986, 1.5 per cent. in 1987 and 1.0 per cent. in 1988.