HC Deb 30 March 1911 vol 23 cc1528-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give any recent statistics as to the exports of British-made boots and shoes, as to the imports of such articles from the United states of America, and as to the increase or decrease of either exports or imports?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

The exports of leather boots and shoes from the United Kingdom reached 1,088,000 dozen pairs last year, of a declared value of £3,030,000. These figures, which are the largest recorded, represent an increase of nearly a quarter of a million dozen pairs, and over a quarter of a million pounds sterling over the figures of 1909. The imports from the United States of America amounted to 70,000 dozen pairs, of a value of £358,000, a decrease of nearly 8,000 dozen pairs, and of £23,000 on 1909. Imports from other sources also declined. The increase in exports and decrease in imports has continued during the first two months of the current year.