Overseas Trade Accounts

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1966.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 12th May 1966

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the Trade and Navigation Accounts and the Overseas Trade Accounts will be published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

The Overseas Trade Accounts (which replaced the Trade and Navigation Accounts last year) are being published on the twenty-first working day following the end of the month. From July onward they will be published on the nineteenth working day.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Will the Minister of State take care to ensure that the Accounts deal specifically with the contrast between British and Japanese productivity and overseas trade growth and freight facilities?

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

I am not sure to what extent that point is covered in the Accounts, but I will look at it.

Photo of Mr Anthony Barber Mr Anthony Barber , Altrincham and Sale

When the Accounts are published, will they not show that the average trade deficit for the first four months of this year, which is within the knowledge of the hon. Gentleman, has been considerably worse than the average for the comparable period of the first four months of last year?

Photo of Mr Roy Mason Mr Roy Mason , Barnsley

As the right hon. Gentleman knows, the figures have appeared today, and he will see that, successfully, the trade gap is still being cut.