§ SIR JOHN LENG (Dundee)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade why the Statistical Abstract of the United Kingdom for the year ending December, 1902, was only issued on 9th September, 1903; why the Abstract for the year 1903 has not yet been issued; and whether there is any prospect of its being available on an early day.
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The date of issue of the Statistical Abstract depends on the date of receipt by the Board of Trade of the particulars supplied to them for the purpose by other Departments, including the financial statements for the year ending 31st March. It is hoped 1479 that the Abstract may be published in August this year, and every effort will be made to expedite its issue.