HC Deb 18 August 1871 vol 208 c1845

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If he is aware that large quantities of manufactured goods intended for China and other eastern markets leave London every month for transhipment at Marseilles, and that such goods appear in the Official Returns as exported to France; and, whether more trustworthy statistics might not be obtained if the Customs officials at London were to require that the Clearing Entries should state the ultimate port of destination, as is the case at Liverpool?


, in reply, said, the question was under consideration; but he thought it was not desirable to introduce any alteration in the present mode of making entries at a broken period of the year. It was hoped, however, that a plan to insure, as far as possible, the registration of goods according to their ultimate destination would be matured by the commencement of next year.