HC Deb 06 December 1927 vol 211 c1150
1. Viscount SANDON

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many chicken, frozen and otherwise, were imported from Russia into the United Kingdom in 1913 and in each post-War year; what are the principal ports of departure and arrival; and what is the value of this trade?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

The answer contains a number of figures, and my hon. Friend will perhaps allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Viscount SANDON

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the total figures?


I will read the answer: "There are no such figures relating only to chicken. In 1913, 119,944 cwts. of dead poultry (which includes geese, turkeys and ducks, as well as fowls) were imported from pre-War Russia. As regards more recent years, 5,109 cwts. of dead poultry were imported from post-War Russia in 1924; 20,148 cwts. in 1925; and 26,241 cwts. in 1926. The corresponding importations from Latvia were 9,176 cwts. in 1924; 50,750 cwts. in 1925; and 37,906 cwts. in 1926. Small importations have also taken place from other countries which formed part of pre-War Russia, but these cannot be distinguished."

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Are the patriotic lieges being warned about the Christmas geese and turkeys coming from Russia?

Viscount SANDON

Can some steps be taken to help the British producers against this trade?


Yes; British consumers should buy British chickens.


Would it be possible to have a safeguarding duty on caviare?