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Exports

Wales written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales

(1) what the monetary value was of high technology sector exports from Wales (a) in total and (b) to China in the last five years;

(2) what the monetary value was of exports from each (a) sector and (b) industry in Wales in each of the last five years;

(3) what estimate he has made of the monetary value of financial services provided from Wales to overseas in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of UK exports (a) in total and (b) to China such services accounted for in each of the last five years;

Photo of Peter Hain Peter Hain The Secretary of State for Wales

A breakdown of total Welsh exports by product sector is provided in Table 1 and similar data for exports to China is provided in Table 2.

No breakdown exists that details high technology products although some of the industries in the tables do have high technology as a feature of their activity. For exports to China, information can be provided only for the top four industries and no breakdown of the export of financial services is available.

These figures clearly demonstrate the vibrancy of Welsh exports and their strength in new markets with total exports to China in creasing by over 60 per cent. in the last year for which figures are available.

Table 1: Value of Welsh exports to all countries, latest data
Value (£ million)
Year ending:
Product sector Q3 2005 Q3 2006 Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 2009( 1)
Energy 1,248.5 1,732.0 1,649.6 2,339.8 1,933.6
Engineering 1,433.7 1,441.1 1,169.6 1,170.6 1,865.7
Metals 1,654.7 1,855.2 2,204.8 2,397.8 1,649.3
Chemicals 1,319.5 1,108.6 1,075.3 1,168.8 1,093.9
IT and electronics 490.5 458.6 397.8 661.3 554.4
Automotive 845.3 888.4 792.0 562.0 402.3
Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals 103.0 145.4 292.5 429.1 362.1
Household goods 446.9 349.3 337.2 294.3 248.4
Healthcare 182.7 188.8 177.6 206.2 193.3
Paper and packaging 197.0 153.7 190.4 184.2 187.7
Telecommunications 221.8 325.3 141.8 145.5 146.5
Giftware 129.8 101.3 96.0 111.4 135.6
Agriculture 123.0 146.7 117.2 96.4 115.2
Recreation and leisure 57.2 97.3 95.7 98.0 103.6
Food and drink 56.5 43.7 36.2 65.0 76.5
Oil and gas 29.8 51.3 58.1 68.2 75.6
Building 83.3 92.1 86.8 85.6 73.7
Environment 29.5 27.2 29.1 35.8 39.5
Textiles 46.2 48.3 38.7 35.8 33.6
Clothing 15.9 16.3 21.6 25.4 29.6
Security 22.7 20.3 23.4 26.6 23.6
Creative and media 41.5 22.3 14.1 14.2 18.0
Transport 9.8 16.6 10.0 9.0 12.4
Unknown 0.3 0.7 12.1 22.4 23.4
Total 8,788.9 9,330.5 9,067.6 10,253.5 9,397.7
(1) Provisional

Source:

Statistics and Analysis of Trade Unit, HM Revenue and Customs, 25 November 2009

Table 2: Value of Welsh exports to China, latest data
Value (£ million)
Year ending:
Product sector Q3 2005 Q3 2006 Q3 2007 Q3 2008 Q3 20091
Top 4 sectors by value in latest year
Engineering 123.3 101.3 58.1 68.7 153.8
Chemicals 10.7 13.8 14.2 13.5 19.0
Metals 38.1 29.6 28.3 26.8 19.0
Automotive 1.5 2.1 4.0 4.4 5.5
Other 13.4 12.0 12.1 18.8 17.0
Total 187.0 158.8 116.7 132.2 214.4
(1) Provisional

Source:

Statistics and Analysis of Trade Unit, HM Revenue and Customs, 25 November 2009

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