HC Deb 27 February 1928 vol 214 cc24-5
25. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can give comparative figures showing the rubber production of the British Empire and of foreign countries, respectively, in 1927 and 1921?


As the answer contains a number of figures, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I should explain that while I have endeavoured to furnish myself with the most exact figures obtainable on this subject, they are to some extent based on estimate, and I cannot guarantee strict accuracy.


Could the right hon. Gentleman give us some approximate figures of the proportions?


There has been a considerable growth in the production of rubber outside the British Empire.

Following is the answer:

The following are the figures to the nearest 1,000 tons:

Year British Empire. Foreign Countries. Total.
1921 203,000 97,000 300,000
1927 344,000(restricted) 258,000 604,000

Some allowance has been made for rubber smuggled in 1927 and for impurities in native rubber. No allowance has been made for impurities in wild rubber. Production by British companies in foreign countries is included under Foreign Countries.

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