HC Deb 13 March 1913 vol 50 c414
63. Sir J. D. REES

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether artificial silk imported into this country is registered as such or as silk in official statistics; and, if not, whether he will provide for this product being clearly distinguished in the Returns from silk?


Imports of artificial silk are not registered as silk in the official statistics, but are included in "Goods, manufactured, not enumerated or described in the Import List." The total value of the imports of artificial silk in 1911 was only £11,500. The official statistics of the imports of silk manufactures do not include imports of goods which are declared as manufactures of artificial silk.

Sir J. D. REES

In the public Returns could the right hon. Gentleman give the artificial silk separately?


Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give me notice.