HC Deb 23 July 1929 vol 230 cc1052-4
17. Mr. HANNON

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in supplement to the question answered in the House of Commons on 27th February last, he can state the value and quantities of safeguarded manufactured goods and non-safeguarded manufactured goods imported into this country and retained for domestic consumption for the first half of 1925 and 1929, respectively, and the value and quantities of exports of safeguarded manufactured goods and export of non-safeguarded manufactured goods for the same two periods?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. William Graham)

Having regard to the amount of labour involved, I do not think the preparation of a table, corresponding to that contained in the OFFICIAL REPORT of 27th February, would be justified in respect of the periods asked for. I will consider in due course the publication of a table covering the whole of the year 1929.


May I ask whether the foundation for these figures is not given in statistics which have already been published? Could not my right hon. Friend find the figures from them?


The matter is not quite so simple as my hon. Friend indicates. I suggest that he would be in a far better position if he had a table covering the period I have mentioned in the reply.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say how early a table could be prepared in 1930?


It is difficult to say offhand, but I will have a table prepared

Country from and to which consigned. Articles wholly or mainly manufactured.
Total Imports (into the U.K.). Exports (from the U.K.).
U.K. Manufactures. Imported Manufactures.
£ £ £
Australia 3,093,743 51,639,818 1,689,489
Canada 9,385,624 28,199,770 525,694
British India 13,212,154 78,209,084 612,545
Irish Free State 1,964,410 21,176,465 1,968,253
Newfoundland and Coast of Labrador 1,289,315 716,400 37,759
New Zealand 149,526 16,564,191 579,359
British South Africa 588,970 30,122,420 1,114,602
France 40,401,052 13,909,541 3,177,560
Germany 53,900,569 27,991,300 3,794,768
Belgium 33,485,099 9,198,331 1,297,117
United States of America 65,327,645 35,185,371 2,554,757
Italy 8,671,680 7,452,996 408,149
Netherlands 12,078,092 16,574,058 1,339,700
The above figures are provisional.

without delay. I cannot indicate a date this afternoon.

26. Mr. HANNON

asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the exports of manufactured goods to, and the imports of manufactured goods from, the following countries during the year 1928: Australia, Canada, India, Irish Free State, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Belgium, United States of America, Italy, and Netherlands?


The answer contains a long table of figures. The hon. Member will, therefore, perhaps allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The following table shows the total declared value of articles classed, in the United Kingdom Trade Returns, as wholly or mainly manufactured, imported into and exported from the United Kingdom during the year 1928, and consigned from and to the countries specified in the question.

The table covers about 80 per cent. of the total exports of British manufactures to all British countries, but only about 40 per cent. of the total exports of such goods to all foreign countries. It also covers about 80 per cent. of the imports of manufactured goods from all foreign countries, and from 80 to 85 per cent. of the imports of such goods from all British countries.