§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
asked the President of the Board of Trade, If Her Majesty's Government are in possession of recent and accurate information concerning the vast and increasing interchange of commerce between the sixty-five dominions of the British People; and, if, to illustrate the commercial importance of each integral portion of the Empire to the whole, details can be furnished to Parliament without unreasonable delay, in a concise and tabular form, of the value and general character of the imports into the Mother Country and each Colony and Dependency from other British Possessions, and of the value and general character of the exports from the Mother Country and each Colony and Dependency to other parts of the Empire?
THE SECRETARY (Mr. C. T. D. ACLAND)(who replied) (Cornwall, Launceston)
said: The imports from, and the exports to, each of our Colonies are shown in great detail in the Annual Statement of Trade; and similar information, though not in quite so much detail, is given for each of our Colonies in the Statistical Abstract for the Colonies. Both 1128 of these Returns are published with as little delay as possible, and the first is issued about the middle of the year following that to which it refers, and the second towards the close of that year.
§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT
remarked, that the hon. Gentleman had not given the information asked for in the Question.