§ 19. Mr. HAMMERSLEY
asked the President of the Board of Trade an estimate of the creditor position of this country before the War and on the latest available date, together with comparative debtor or creditor figures concerning the United States of America?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
I regret that the available information is not sufficient to make these comparisons possible.
§ Mr. HAMMERSLEY
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the figures of the Board of Trade on the balance of trade lose a great deal of their value without an estimate of this character, and will he take some steps to see that some kind of estimate is prepared?
§ Mr. ARTHUR MICHAEL SAMUEL
Does not the Kindersley Report give nearly all the information for which the hon. Member asks?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
The matter is not by any means simple. I have seen the Kindersley Report and certain other reports issued by departments of commerce in America, and, while I will do my best 1056 to make a comparison of this kind, we have not the material in this country to make it completely effective.