§ 78. Mr. H. G. Williams
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether essential commodities bought by the Government or by private individuals and companies on behalf of the Government are included in the monthly trade returns when imported into this country?
§ Mr. R. S. Hudson (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)
Imports of the kind mentioned in the question are included in the trade returns, except when carried on Government vessels. The treatment of Government stores in the trade returns is set out in Introductory Note (1) to the monthly Accounts relating to the Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Williams
Can the Minister say why it is that we have imported less wheat this year than last in regard to Government purchases?