§ MR. HERBERT SAMUEL (Yorkshire, Cleveland)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will state what is the aggregrate value of the importation from foreign countries into the British colonies, dependencies, and protectorates, of commodities which are not produced in the United Kingdom or are exported from the United Kingdom to only a small extent; giving separately the figures for mineral oils, timber (including planks), metal ores, raw cotton, raw silk, tobacco (unmanufactured), sugar, coffee, wines, dried fruits, wheat, maize, rice, other agricultural and dairy products, and miscellaneous commodities.
(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The information cannot be supplied in answer to a Question. If the hon. Member will put down a Return specifying the articles for which he desires the particulars mentioned in his Question I will consider how far the Return can be granted; but its preparation in any case will take a considerable time. In the meantime perhaps the hon. Member will consult Part XXV. of the Statistical Tables relating to the Colonial and other Possessions of the United Kingdom [Cd. 1324 of 1902].