Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Manufactured Goods and Services on 4th March 1988.
Mr. McFall To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has a revised figure for the anticipated balance of trade in (a) manufactured goods and (b) services for the United Kingdom for the current year; and what was the figure for 1979.
Mr. Major My right hon. Friend will be making a forecast for the current year at Budget time. In 1979 the balance of trade in manufactured goods showed a surplus of £2,698 million and services a surplus of £3,815 million.