HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 cc150-1W
Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of(a) exports to and (b) imports from Iran was in 2001–02; and what steps she is taking to expand this trade. [78306]

Ms Hewitt

UK exports of goods to Iran in 2001 were worth £432 million while imports from Iran were worth £28 million. In the eight-month period from January to August 2002 UK exports of goods amounted to £283 million. UK imports were £26 million.

UK exports of services to Iran in 2001 totalled £126 million, imports from Iran were worth £31 million.

Trade Partners UK, including the commercial team at the embassy in Tehran, offers a strong package of support for British companies wishing to do business with Iran. In addition to providing up to date information on market conditions, they support a programme of trade missions to the market, help British groups attend key trade fairs, organise inward missions and provide targeted assistance to UK companies in key sectors.