EU Internal Trade

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed in those firms; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Figures produced by HM Revenue and Customs based on administrative data indicate that there are almost 200,000 traders in the UK which either import goods from or export goods to other EU member states. A figure covering goods and services trade is not available, but since services account for over a quarter of UK trade with the EU by value, the figure for goods and services traders may be significantly higher.

There are no estimates of the number of people employed in those firms trading with other EU member states.

Half of all UK trade is with the EU, totalling around £450 billion of goods and services in 2010. EU data for goods and services trade in 2011 are planned for release in July 2012.

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