Orders of the Day — European Communities

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:17 pm on 31st July 1980.

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Photo of Mr Julius Silverman Mr Julius Silverman , Birmingham, Erdington 6:17 pm, 31st July 1980

I have not got the figures, but I do not think that that is correct. I am talking about manufactured goods. If it were not for our deficit with the Common Market, one would find that we were in surplus with the rest of the world. Certainly, our exports have performed very well elsewhere—£20,000 million is quite a good performance and it speaks very well for our manufacturers. The argument that we are uncompetitive and that our goods are unsuitable or of low quality does not seem to stand in the light of our performance.