HC Deb 23 March 1938 vol 333 cc1204-5
61. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the imports of cod liver oil from Newfoundland in 1929 and 1937, respectively, and the production of the said oil in the United Kingdom in the same years; and what were the average prices of the said oil in those years?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Euan Wallace)

As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. and learned Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Total imports into the United Kingdom of cod liver oil consigned from Newfoundland (including the coast of Labrador) amounted to 519 tons in 1929 and to 871 tons in 1937; the bulk of these imports consisted of unrefined oil used for industrial purposes. Particulars of United Kingdom production in these years are not available but it is known to have increased substantially. For Newfoundland oil, I have no detailed price information for the years in question, but finest Lofoten steam-refined non-freezing medicinal cod liver oil is quoted regularly in the "Chemist and Druggist," and for that description the price averaged about no shillings per barrel, c.i.f. London, in 1929 and 98.75 shillings in

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