§ Baroness HORNSBY-SMITH
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What were the total imports by weight of MMF tufted carpets and polyester yarn from the United States for the years 1977, 1978 and the first nine months of 1979.
§ Lord TREFGARNE
The available information is as follows:
Metric tonnes January—September 1977 1978 1979 Polyester yarn— (a) Containing 85 per cent. or more by weight of synthetic fibres:— (i) continuous polyester fibres 2,811 5,525 8,587 (ii) discontinuous polyester fibres * 1,436 1,516 (b) containing less than 85 per cent. by weight of synthetic fibres * 556 293 TOTAL — 7,517 10,396 Tufted carpets, carpeting and rugs of man-made textile materials 122 2,533 6,545 Source: UK Overseas Trade Statistics (ex SITC(R2) Subgroups 651.4, 651.6 and 659.5, and corresponding items under SITC(R1) where separately identified). Note: * not available.