§ 50. Mr. FELL
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can now supply any further details of the German exports to the United States in January last or in any recent months; the cause of the increase of these exports; the nature of them; and if they were shipped from German ports or through neutral countries?
I will circulate a statement with the Votes. From it the hon. Member will see that during the seven months, August, 1914, to February, 1915, inclusive, the imports into the United States from Germany were valued at £12,222,000, as compared with £23,426,000 during the corresponding months of 1913 and 1914, the decrease being thus 48 per cent. The imports from the United Kingdom were valued at £29,824,000, as compared with £34,413,000 in the earlier period, the decrease being thus only 13 per cent. The imports from Germany, though higher in January, 1915, than in preceding months, owing mainly to large imports of dye-stuffs and fine chemicals, were lower than in the corresponding month of 1914, and showed a heavy decline in February.—[See Written Answers this date.]