HC Deb 25 November 1930 vol 245 c1065

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in publishing the returns of the overseas trade of this country, he will consider the possibility in future of differentiating the goods classified as wholly or partly manufactured into the following categories: unfinished goods required for further processing in this country, finished goods not purchaseable by the general community in their imported state but required as component parts of structural engineering or similar work, and finished goods purchaseable by the general community in their imported state?


There would be considerable difficulty in separating the total figures for "articles wholly or mainly manufactured" into the three categories suggested, principally for the reason that in the case of a large range of articles, of which cotton piece goods and chemicals in general may be cited as examples, they may be purchaseable by the general community or subjected to further processes of manufacture before reaching the consumer.