HC Deb 01 December 1931 vol 260 cc919-20
27. Captain CAZALET

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the House any information or figures as to the exports from this country to China during the last six months or to the most convenient date?


The total declared value of the domestic exports of merchandise from the United Kingdom registered during the six months ended the 30th September, 1931, as consigned to China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and leased territories) was £3,449,000. My hon. and gallant Friend will find, in the monthly "Accounts relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom," particulars of the exports of certain commodities to China, in some cases including Hong Kong, amounting in the aggregate to about 40 per cent. of the value of the total exports to these countries.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether these imports have increased during the past few weeks or months, owing to the boycott of Japanese goods?


I cannot say what has been the cause, but there has been an increase in the imports.