HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 c1391
10. Mr. Liddall

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to allow delivery in the United Kingdom of any Mexican petroleum for sale here to the public as a result of an arrangement by a British subject to purchase Mexican petroleum at a time when His Majesty's Government are protesting against the confiscation of British-owned property; and will he prevent delivery on principle, in the interests of British investors whose property is now being subjected to unfair treatment by the Mexican authorities?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

I would refer to the answer given on 27th April by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to a question by the hon. and learned Member for Greenock (Mr. R. Gibson) which intimated that

Statement showing the quantities of the undermentioned descriptions of petroleum imported into the United Kingdom during the periods specified and registered as consigned from Mexico.
Description. 1935. 1936. 1937. January-March, 1938.
Thousand gallons. Thousand gallons. Thousand gallons. Thousand gallons.
Crude Petroleum 89,273 9,220 9,952 3,89[...]
Refined Petroleum:
Kerosene 23,640 14,372 12,770 4,682
Motor Spirit 62,540 31,721 17,326 4,716
Lubricating Oil 11,740 12,053 12,372 3,749
Gas Oil 4,748 14,781 15,961 5,081
Fuel Oil 90,263 109,678 92,287 35,944
NOTE—The figures for 1937 and 1938 are provisional.