§ MR. A. M. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade whether he can explain why, in the accounts relating to trade and navigation, the articles classified as earthenware, china ware, parian, and porcelain, are shown in the tables of exports, but are not mentioned in the tables of imports; and, whether he can state the value of such articles annually imported in this country from abroad?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. THOMAS BURT, Morpeth)
The imports of china or porcelain and earthenware are shown in the "Annual Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom," the value of such imports having amounted to £625,532 in 1893. The annual statement for 1894, which will show last year's imports, will be issued in a week or two. These imports are not shown in the "Monthly Accounts of Trade, because only the principal articles, whether of import or export, can be separately distinguished owing to exigencies of space.