HC Deb 25 July 1907 vol 179 cc118-9
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether he can give the figures showing how much Indian tea was imported annually into Russia before the imposition of retaliatory duties upon Indian tea by the Russian Government in consequence of the action of His Majesty's Government with regard to Russian sugar, and how much Indian tea has been annually imported since; whether Indian tea imported into Russia via Manchuria was exempted from these retaliatory duties; and how much Indian tea has passed into Russia via Manchuria, and how much by other routes.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) The imports of Indian tea into Russia by all routes, before and since the imposition of the surtax in September, 1903, have been as follows:—

The surtax was applied only to tea imported by the Black Sea or European frontiers. The trade Returns do not give the information asked for in the last part of the Question.