§ 37. Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX
asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity of each of the following articles imported from Soviet Russia in the years 1929 and 1930, respectively: molasses, canned tomatoes (and pulp), and starch?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
During the years 1929 and 1930 the total imports into the United Kingdom of canned or bottled tomatoes (which would include tomato pulp if declared as such) registered as consigned from the Soviet Union (Russia) amounted to 4,552 cwt. and 6,161 cwt., respectively, and the imports of starch (other than edible maize starch) to 4 cwt. and 24,255 cwt., respectively. Provision for the separate enumeration in the trade returns of maize starch for edible purposes, was first made in 1930 and in that year the recorded imports from the Soviet Union amounted to 24,873 cwt. No molasses were registered as imported from the Soviet Union during these years.
§ 61. Colonel ENGLAND
asked the President of the Board of Trade the respective quantities of the various types of confectionery, including chocolate confectionery, which have been imported into Great Britain from Russia during each of the years 1928, 1929 and 1930?
§ 62. Mr. TURTON
asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities and what value of chocolate confectionery and other confectionery were imported into this country from Soviet Russia during the months of January and February, 1931?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
The total quantities of chocolate confectionery, including moulded chocolate, imported into the United Kingdom during the years 1928, 1929 and 1930, and registered as consigned from the Soviet Union (Russia), amounted to nil, 7 cwt., and 1,070 cwt., respectively; the amounts for January and February, 1931, were 944 cwt., valued at £1,974, and 585 cwt., valued at £1,837, respectively. The 1846 imports of sugar confectionery during the years 1928, 1929 and 1930, consigned from the Soviet Union, amounted to 450 cwt., 981 cwt., and 13,360 cwt., respectively, and the amounts for January and February, 1931, were 2,147 cwt., valued at £3,416, and 900 cwt., valued at £1,634, respectively.
§ 67. Mr. MARJORIBANKS
asked the President of the Board of Trade particulars showing what restrictions are imposed on the importation of books into Soviet Russia?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
The list of goods whose importation into Soviet Russia is prohibited includes an item of printed works politically and economically injurious to the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.
§ Mr. MARJORIBANKS
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the importation of Bibles into the Soviet Union is prohibited, and will he make inquiries—[Interruption]—as to what excisions should be made from the Bible in order to make it acceptable to the Soviet Union?
Before the right hon. Gentleman replies to that question, may I ask him if one of the books that has been refused entry into the Soviet Republic is the "Life of Marshall Ball," by the hon. Member who is questioning him?