§ 71. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of the total imports last year of precious stones?
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
With the hon. and gallant Member's permission, I will circulate the reply to this question in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. SAMUEL
Yes. The value of imports of precious and semi-precious stones, recorded as imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1924, was £226,000 in round figures. These figures do not, include diamonds consigned by the Union of South Africa to Great Britain and Northern Ireland during 1924. They may roughly be taken as of the value of £26,500,000.
§ Following is the answer:
|Precious and semi-precious stones:|
|Unset for jewellery:|
|For industrial purposes||1,651|
§ These particulars are exclusive of diamonds consigned from the Union of South Africa to Great Britain and Northern Ireland during 1924, which were stated by the Union Government to be valued at £6,498,426.