HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 cc2678-9
1. Mr. Day

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the amount of opium exported by the Government of India, and the total revenue received from the same for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date, and to which countries the same was imported?

The Under-Secretary of State for India (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)

The approximate quantity of opium exported from India during the year ended 31st March, 1938, was 19,227 kilogrammes, of which Burma took 18,478 kilos, Aden and Dependencies 56, French India 682, and Zanzibar and Pemba 11. It is not possible to state the revenue derived from these exports, but the estimated value of the exports was £30,000.

Mr. Day

Is it customary to take the full charges from the gross revenue?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I do not quite follow what is the point of the hon. Member's question.

Mr. Day

In computing the revenue, is the cost of the opium taken into consideration?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I have informed the hon. Member that it is not possible to state the revenue. I gave him only the estimated value of the exports.

Mr. Robert Gibson

Which European country takes most of that opium?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

The exports were to Burma, Aden, French India, Zanzibar and Pemba. I think the exports to French India cannot be called exports to a European country.

Mr. Gibson

Do European countries take any of it?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

No. The amount exported is the amount I have given, and the countries are those which I mentioned.