HC Deb 15 February 1927 vol 202 cc724-5

asked the President of the Beard of Trade whether he will state the value of the British trade with China: the amount of British capital now invested in China: and the number of British subjects now resident in China?


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

Following is the answer:


The value of the trade of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with China and Hong Kong during the last three years has been as follows:

Imports consigned therefrom: China. Hong-Kong.
£ £
1924 13,915,282 765,341
1925 13,447,620 718,113
1926 11,554,135 667,562
Exports consigned thereto:
(a) United Kingdom Goods—
1924 20,346,613 8,554,434
1925 14,633,399 5,109,808
1926 16,426,858 3,181,586
(ii) Imported Goods—
1924 190,917 114,437
1925 175,424 92,853
1926 242,166 67,077


I have no official information as to the amount of British capital invested in China, but from private estimates that have been made it would appear that it may amount to as much as £130,000,000, of which, perhaps, one-third is in the form of Chinese Government loans.


According to statistics published by the Chinese Maritime Customs, the number of British nationals resident in China in 1925 was 15,247.

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