– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 24th February 2000.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1F-147

To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to support manufacturing exports.

Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour

Scottish Trade International (STI), a joint organisation between The Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise, delivers government trade services on behalf of British Trade International in Scotland. Support is provided in the context of The International Challenge, a five year Export Development Strategy for Scotland, the aim of which is to enable companies to achieve greater success in international markets.

Our success, which has contributed to the vibrant Scottish economy, is reflected by:

Total manufactured exports which, at current prices, show an increase of 7.8% in the year to the end of December 1999.

The SCDI Manufactured Goods Survey which shows that Scotland’s share of UK manufactured exports rose to a record 12.3% in 1998-99.

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