§ Mr. Buchan
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish in theOfficial Report tables showing the balance of payments and the balance in manufacturing trade between the United Kingdom and the other member states of the European Economic Community.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
Information on the balance of payments with the EC is available only on an annual basis442W in the CSO pink book. The latest available data are in section 10 (pages 62–66) of the 1989 edition which is available in the Library. Information on the balance of payments between the United Kingdom and individual member states is not available.
The table shows the balance of trade in manufactures between the United Kingdom and the European Community. The 1988 figure is consistent with the data in the 1989 pink book and the 1989 figure is the latest available.
Balance of trade in manufactures with the European Community1 Balance of payments basis £ million 1988 -12,538 1989 -13,583 1 SITC5–8.