§ 53. Mr. MAXTON
(for Mr. McGOVERN) asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has any information showing the amount and value of the whisky shipped from Great Britain to America during the year 1931 and since prohibition was introduced in America?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
I am unable to state the amount of whisky, as such, exported from this country as particulars of these exports are not separately recorded in the trade returns of the United Kingdom; but the total quantity and declared value of home-made spirits exported from the United Kingdom and registered as consigned to the United States during the years 1920 to 1931 amounted to 344,151 proof gallons, valued at 581,676, of which 5,547 proof gallons valued at £8,366 were exported in 1931. Any exports from ports in Southern Ireland during the period prior to the 1st April, 1923, are included in the figures for the period 1920 to 1931.
§ Mr. MAXTON
Does the Board of Trade take any steps to encourage this lucrative branch of our commerce?