HC Deb 08 May 1934 vol 289 cc905-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade what increases have taken place in the volume of exports of British goods to Denmark since the completion of the Anglo-Danish Trade Agreement?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

The Trade Agreement with Denmark came into operation as from 20th June, 1933. During the nine months ended 31st March, 1934, the declared value of the exports of the produce and manufactures of the United Kingdom consigned to Denmark (including the Farö Islands) amounted to £9,220,000, as compared with £7,981,000 during the nine months ended 31st March, 1933.


How does that figure of increase compare with the increase of imports from Denmark to this country?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

My hon. Friend is mistaken. There has not been an increase in that direction.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

Is it not the fact that the adverse trade balance is still in the neighbourhood of £20,000,000?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Yes, Sir, but it is narrowing.