HC Deb 12 August 1909 vol 9 cc645-6
Mr. S. ROBINSON (for Mr. Chiozza Money)

asked the President of the Board of Trade, with reference to the monthly Returns of Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom, if he can see his way to introduce into the summaries of imports and exports a further classification of manufactured articles, dividing them into, first, partly or wholly manufactured articles mainly for use by manufacturers, and, second, wholly manufactured articles mainly for retail consumption?


I will refer the suggestion contained in my hon. Friend's question to the Departmental Committee of the Board of Trade and the Customs, which meets annually to consider proposals for alterations in the form and scope of these Returns. The next meeting of the Committee will take place during the autumn.


Will the right hon. Gentleman also recommend the inclusion in this compilation of goods that cannot be manufactured into anything else?


I must consider that. I should have thought that goods which cannot be manufactured into anything else ought to be considered wholly manufactured.

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