§ Lord Lamont of Lerwick
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What has been the flow of personal remittances to and from the United Kingdom in each of the past five years; and which countries were the main sources or recipients. [HL2952]
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated 28 May 2004.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the flow of personal remittances to and from the United Kingdom in each of the past five years, and the countries which were the main sources or recipients (HL2952).16WA
Personal remittances to the UK are included within the figures for Other Receipts of Households, as published in Table 5.1 (Credits) of the 2003 UK Balance of Payments "Pink Book".
Personal remittances from the UK are included within Other Payments by Households, as published in Table 5.1 (Debits) of the 2003 Pink Book.
The figures for both receipts and payments include estimates for non-profit institutions serving households as well as for households themselves. The published figures are as follows:
£ million Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Other Receipts of Households (FKIL) 2,633 2,730 2,653 2,689 2,698 Other Payments by Households (FKIQ) 2,906 2,975 3,236 3,364 3,541
Figures for 2003 will be published in the 2004 Pink Book dataset on 30 June. A breakdown by country is not available.