HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc158-9W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish a table bringing up-to-date the share of the home market held by imports of selected products in 1964 together with all the other comparisons of competitiveness shown in paragraphs 63(b) and 63(c) in the report of the National Economic Development Council inquiry into competitiveness entitled "Imported Manufactures", presented to the Council in August 1965 and subsequently published by HMSO; and if he will include this estimate of the increase in the terms of trade since 1964 in the case of trade with (a) the EEC and (b) non-EEC countries, together with the increase in relative export unit values.

Mr. Eggar

Information to update the share held by imports of home markets sectors is not currently available. The terms of trade indices for United Kingdom trade(a) with EC countries and (b) with non-EC countries can be derived for years since 1988 from data in table A19 of the monthly review of external trade statistics—MRETS— which is available in the Library of the House. For earlier years, the series is available only for United Kingdom trade in total, from the Central Statistical offices; central shared database, access to which is available in the Library of the House. Relative export unit value indices, for manufactured exports in comparison with those of principal competitors, are published for recent years in table D5 of MRETS; comparable data are not available for 1964.