§ MR. SEYMOUR ORMSBY-GORE (Lincolnshire, Gainsborough)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the sum total of: British trade with Morocco; what I foreign Power enjoys the maximum I financial control in the Sultanate; and what steps will be taken by His Majesty's Government to safeguard British commercial interests in that country.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
The total value of the trade between this country and Morocco in 1903 was £1,448,509, distributed as 839 follows: —Imports, £559,509; exports of British and Irish produce, £691,336; and exports of foreign and colonial produce, £197,664. No foreign Power exercises financial control in the Sultanate, so far as His Majesty's Government are aware. It would obviously be impossible for me to make any announcement in reply to the latter part of the Question, but in any arrangement which may be come to with regard to Morocco, care will be taken to safeguard British commercial interests in that country.