HC Deb 07 July 1926 vol 197 c2065

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give the total export of British arms and ammunition year by year since 1920, the country of destination, and the amount per year in each case; whether the arms and ammunition come from private British firms or Government-controlled firms; and, if from both, the amounts in each case?

Mr. A. M. SAMUEL (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I would refer the hon. Member to Volume III of the "Annual Statement of Trade of the United Kingdom," for the year 1924, pages 502-519, in which full particulars are given of the exports of arms and ammunition of United Kingdom manufacture in each of the years 1920 to 1924. Corresponding details for 1925 are not yet available, but the total exports of arms, ammunition, etc. in that year are shown in the monthly "Accounts relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom" for December, page 177. As to the second and third parts of the question, I regret that it is not possible to supply the information desired by the hon. Gentleman.