HC Deb 14 June 1993 vol 226 cc402-3W
Ms Janet Anderson

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish details of international telephone charges from the United Kingdom; what information he has on equivalent charges from other EC countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. McLoughlin

Both BT and Mercury Communications are obliged to make their telephone call charges available. I refer the hon. Member to their published tariffs, which are available from these companies' major offices.

International comparisons are complex, since the basis on which calls are defined can differ from country to country. The following table sets out the price inclusive of VAT in ECUs, of a peak rate, three-minute international telephone call between EC member states.

Motor vehicle parts
(Standard Industrial Classification 1980 Activity Heading 3530)
£ million
Exports(FOB) Imports(CIF)
1992 3,460 4,654
1991 3,365 4,024
1990 3,105 4,077
1989 2,820 3,697
1988 2,476 3,052

Source: HM Customs and Excise.

It is recognised that not all parts used by the motor industry are assigned to the motor vehicle parts industry (Activity Heading 3530) as officially defined. As a result, the trade values assigned to the motor vehicle parts industry are understated.

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