HC Deb 09 February 1926 vol 191 cc817-9
37. Mr. BARR

asked the President of the. Board of Trade whether, with regard to the assistance which is about to be

quantities of cotton-piece goods imported into China in 1913, 1920, and 1925 from Great Britain, the United States, and Japan, respectively?


As the answer involves a table of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, have it circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Detailed particulars of the import trade of China during 1925 have not yet been received. The following statement shows the quantities of cotton piece-goods imported into China in the years 1913, 1920 and 1924:


As the answer involves a table of figures, I propose, with my hon. Friend's concurrence, to have it circulated with the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The following statement gives the desired information so far as the particulars are available at this date:

granted under the Trade Facilities Act to an English syndicate for erecting in St. James, Jamaica, a new central factory which will manufacture 1,500 puncheons of rum, any special condi- tions have been attached to this grant; and whether he will undertake to secure that in all such cases the rum so manufactured shall not be sold to anyone engaged in the smuggling traffic to the United States of America?


I assume that the hon. Member refers to the further guarantee to Jamaica Sugar Estates reported to Parliament in House of Commons Paper No. 174 of 1925 in respect of a loan of £20,000 for the purchase of machinery for a rum distilling factory. The answer to both parts of his question is in the negative. The conditions attached to the grant of a guarantee are the normal ones, namely, that plant, machinery and materials are to be purchased in this country and shipment made in British ships.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he does not consider that it would be advisable to guarantee only the capital, and not the dividends?


That is a question relating to the guarantee of the loans.