HC Deb 24 June 1903 vol 124 cc373-4
SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can state the amount of imports into the United Kingdom from British Colonies in 1846 and 1902, and the amount of the exports from Great Britain and Ireland to British Colonies in those years.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Chamberlain.) The published Returns of 1846 do not give the values of the imports from each country and possession. But the declared value of the exports of British and Irish produce and manufactures to British possessions, including India and the Channel Islands, was £16,277,589, an amount which is somewhat in excess, as the Return includes the whole of our exports to West Africa, no distinction being made between our possessions and the possessions of other countries or native territories. According to the latest Returns of Trade and Navigation the value of our imports from British possessions in 1902, including Protectorates, was £106,793,033. Our exports of the produce and manufactures of the United Kingdom were in the same year to British possessions, including Protectorates, £109,028,611.