HC Deb 10 March 1936 vol 309 cc1949-50

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the value, quantity, and kind of trade between Great Britain and the province of Sinkiang and between Sinkiang and India every year for the past 10 years; and what steps, if any, have been taken recently to increase such trade?


As the information asked for by the hon. Member regarding the trade between India and Sinkiang involves a number of figures, I will, with his permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. No separate particulars of trade between the United Kingdom and Sinkiang are available. Sir Eric Teichman and His Majesty's Consul-General, Kashgar, recently visited Urumchi and discussed with the Provincial Government questions concerning British and Indian trade with Sinkiang. It is hoped that as a result of these discussions the difficulties in the way of this trade will be reduced.

Following is the information:

Year. Imports into Sinkiang. Exports from Sinkiang.
Rupees. Rupees.
1925 16,24,569 23,56,582
1926 23,98,259 32,41,464
1927 11,86,766 20,14,565
1928 9,25,129 10,90,142
1929 9,54,354 16,43,710
1930 9,12,839 18,92,353
1931 5,40,615 20,49,299
1932 6,16,587 21,35,187
1933 4,35,995 36,43,536
1934 7,00,640 20,91,547

The main articles imported into Sinkiang from India are cotton and woollen manufactured goods, silk manufactured goods and brocades, tea, cigarettes and spices. The chief articles exported from Sinkiang to India are skins and hides, raw silk, charas and casings. As regards quantity, a copy of the detailed figures for 1934 will be sent to the hon. Member.