HC Deb 01 April 1941 vol 370 cc832-3
6. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he has any information as to the figures for the purchase in the United States of America by the Soviet Government in 1938 and 1940 of, respectively, copper, cotton, petroleum and machine tools; and what steps he is taking with regard to these purchases in view of the probable re-export of the commodities to Germany?

Mr. Dalton

According to the United States Government's official statistics, such exports from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. were, in round figures:

1938. 1940.
Tons. Tons.
Copper 50 49,400
Cotton Nil. 31,500
Petroleum and Petroleum product 185,000 134,400
Metal working machinery $ 35,000,000 $ 24,000,000

His Majesty's Government have been in frequent communication with the United States Government regarding this traffic. 1 may add that very little copper has been exported from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. since the summer of 1940 and that there have been no exports of cotton from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. in 1941.

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