Balance of payments accounts and detailed statistics for the current account including - trade in goods and services, income, current and capital transfers, transactions in UK external assets and liabilities.

Publications

Data

  • Balance of payments – revision triangles

    Quarterly summary information on the size and direction of the revisions made to the data covering a five-year period, UK.

  • Balance of payments

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

  • Balance of payments time series

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

Methodology

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 2016

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 Organisation Period
Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Private Secretary/ Economic Affairs - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 hours
PPS - Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Chief of Staff 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Chief of Staff 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Deputy Chief of Staff 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Duty Press Officer 10 Downing Street 21 hours
Chancellor of the Exchequer HM Treasury 21 hours
Chief Economic Advisor HM Treasury 21 hours
Chief Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 21 hours
Duty Press Officers HM Treasury 21 hours
Economic Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 21 hours
Financial Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 21 hours
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 21 hours
Special Advisors HM Treasury 21 hours
Treasury Clearing Official HM Treasury 21 hours
Briefing Official HM Treasury 21 hours
Treasury Official Preparing Briefing HM Treasury 21 hours
Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Cabinet Office 21 hours
Minister for the Cabinet Office Cabinet Office 21 hours
Private Secretary/Office of the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Cabinet Office 21 hours
Private Secretary/Office of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Cabinet Office 21 hours
Secretary of State Department for International Trade 21 hours
Minister for Trade Policy Department for International Trade 21 hours
Minister for Trade and Investment Department for International Trade 21 hours
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for International Trade 21 hours
Special Advisor Department for International Trade 21 hours
Special Advisor Department for International Trade 21 hours
Permanent Secretary Department for International Trade 21 hours
Press Officer Department for International Trade 21 hours
G7 Statistician Department for International Trade 21 hours
Senior Statistical Officer Department for International Trade 21 hours