§ 92. Mr. WESTWOOD
asked the Secretary for Mines what was the amount of 2074 coal exported in the months of January and February, 1926, with the estimated value for these respective months, with similar figures for 1927?
§ The SECRETARY for MINES (Colonel Lane Fox)
The quantity of coal exported during January, 1926, was 4,148,042 tons, and the total declared value, f.o.b., was £3,821.336. The corresponding figures for February, 1926, were 4,340,006 tons and £4,025,627; for January, 1927, 4,092,879 tons and £4,290,806; and for February, 1927, 4,172,856 tons and £3,982,682.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Is it not the case that the whole of the information contained in the reply is published in the Trade and Navigation Returns, and when hon. Members bring such questions to the Table is it in order to ask them whether or not the information has been published?
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
On a point of Order. Questions I have handed in myself requesting information, which has already been published in the document referred to, have been refused. I am raising the question to ask why such questions are permitted under the circumstances.
§ Mr. SPEAKER
The hon. Member rightly suggests what is the general rule, but it is not always possible for the clerk to know every document that has been published.