§ 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 1053 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.
§ Mr. HANNON
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?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
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.
§ Sir PHILIP CUNLIFFE-LISTER
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how early a table could be prepared in 1930?
|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.|
|Irish Free State||…||1,964,410||21,176,465||1,968,253|
|Newfoundland and Coast of Labrador||…||1,289,315||716,400||37,759|
|British South Africa||…||588,970||30,122,420||1,114,602|
|United States of America||…||65,327,645||35,185,371||2,554,757|
|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?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
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.