HC Deb 18 June 1903 vol 123 c1312
MR. LOUGH (Islington, W.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether any particulars are available as to the quantity of food and raw material produced within the United Kingdom; or whether it is possible for him to give any statement as to the value of the main commodities under these heads produced at home, compared with what we import from foreign countries or the colonies.


There are no official statistics as to the total quantities of food and raw materials of all kinds produced within the United Kingdom. Such particulars as are available respecting the quantities and values of certain classes of food and materials produced are published in the "Agricultural Returns" of the Board of Agriculture and the Home Office Mineral Statistics. The principal statistics are summarised in the Board of Trade Abstract of Labour Statistics.


Is it not in the power of the Board of Trade to get the statistics?


If the hon. Member will examine the Returns to which I have referred him I think he will find all the information he requires.