HC Deb 19 February 1924 vol 169 cc1511-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the exports of plantation rubber from the Netherlands East Indies and from British Malaya (the produce of British Malaya only) for the years ending 31st October, 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923.


The answer contains a number of figures, and perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to have it circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

According to published Returns, the exports of the Netherlands East Indies for the years ending 31st October, 1920 to 1923, were as follows:

1920. 1921. 1922. 1923.
Tons. Tons. Tons. Tons.
Java 29,838 28,777 30,430 31,913
Sumatra, East Coast 31,200 33,175 40,105 43,608
Borneo 4,087 3,308 3,638 4,099

Similar particulars are not available for the other parts of the Netherlands East Indies, but for the calendar year 1920 the exports were about 8,700 tons; for the calendar year 1921 they were 7,100 tons; and for the calendar year 1922 they were 27,475 tons, and later information is not available.

Exports from the Federated Malay States during the four years ended 31st October, 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923, were respectively 110,324 tons, 87,311 tons, 132,316 tons, and 101,094 tons. Similar particulars for the rest of British Malaya are not available, but the net exports (excess of imports over exports) from the Straits Settlements during the 12 months ended 30th September of each year were: 50,263 tons for 1920; 43,770 tons for 1921; 53.982 tons for 1922; and 36,869 tons for 1923. Monthly particulars regarding the exports of British Malaya as a whole have only been available since the middle of 1921; for the 12 months ended 31st October, 1922, they were 213,979 tons, and for the 12 months ended 31st October, 1923, they were 184,108 tons.