Quarterly data for trade in goods and services, income, current and capital transfers, transactions in UK external assets and liabilities, and levels of identified assets and liabilities are detailed within the current account.

Publications

Data

  • Balance of Payments - Revision Triangles

    Summary information on the size and direction of the revisions which have been made to the data covering a 5 year period.

  • Balance of Payments

    Summary of balance of payments accounts including the current account, capital transfers, transactions and levels in UK external assets and liabilities.

  • Balance of Payments time series dataset

    Summary of balance of payments accounts including the current account, capital transfers, transactions and levels in UK external assets and liabilities.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for Balance of payments for the UK: Oct to Dec and annual 2015

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Department Period
Assistant Economist Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Briefing Clearance Official Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Briefing Statistical Officer Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Chief Executive Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Ministers Private Secretaries Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Permanent Secretary Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Press Officer Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Secretary of State Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Special Advisor Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Trade Minister Department for business, Innovation & Skills 24 hrs
Parliamentary Clerk - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
Permanent Secretary - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
Private Secretary - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
PPS - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
Senior Policy Advisor - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 24 hrs
Chancellor of the Exchequer HM Treasury 24 hrs
Chief Economic Advisor  HM Treasury 24 hrs
Chief Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24 hrs
CST Press Officer HM Treasury 24 hrs
Duty Press Officer HM Treasury 24 hrs
Economic Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24 hrs
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24 hrs
Financial Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24 hrs
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24 hrs
Special Advisor HM Treasury 24 hrs
Special Advisor HM Treasury 24 hrs
Treasury Clearing Official HM Treasury 24 hrs