HC Deb 02 March 1886 vol 302 c1761

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he will, for the future, add to the Monthly Trade and Navigation Accounts a Return of the numbers of cattle, sheep, and swine received from Ireland, similar to the Return of importation of such animals from Foreign Countries; and, whether he will also add a Return of all kinds of the dead meat received from Ireland?


The Board of Trade would have no objection to include the information as to the numbers of cattle, sheep, and swine exported from Ireland in the Monthly Board of Trade Returns. With regard to dead meat there will be a difficulty, as there are no Returns required from merchants as to imports and exports generally between Ireland and Great Britain. But the matter will be considered at the next revisal of the accounts. The Board of Trade have under consideration the question of further additions to the Monthly Returns, so as to make them more generally useful. Various statistics are now published in a scattered form—e.g., emigration, cotton statistics, prices of wheat, &c, which might, and probably will, be included in these Returns.