§ 33. Major HUNT
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that on 21st January, 1916, Sweden declared an embargo on the export of chemical wood pulp to all Allied nations, and in consequence British imports of this kind of pulp from Sweden declined from 291,000 tons to 23,000 tons; and whether he can state the amount of chemical as distinguished from mechanical wood pulp exported by Sweden to Germany and Denmark, respectively, during 1915, 1916 and the first half of 1917?
§ Mr. WARDLE
The prohibition referred to applied nominally to Swedish exports to all destinations, but until recently no licences have been granted for exports to this country. Imports into the United Kingdom of chemical pulp from Sweden have declined approximately as stated in the question. No official Swedish trade returns have been published since those relating to 7914 were issued, so that I am unable to give the information asked for in the last part of the question.