HC Deb 31 May 1951 vol 488 c396
26. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total exports of oil and lubricating grease from the United Kingdom to Hong Kong during the periods January to April, 1950, and January to April, 1951.

Sir H. Shawcross

In the period January to April, 1950, 61,000 gallons of refined petroleum and lubricating oil and 170 tons of lubricating greases were exported from the United Kingdom to Hong Kong. For January—April, 1951, the corresponding figures were 260,000 gallons and 310 tons respectively. There were no exports of motor spirit, gas oil, fuel oil or diesel oil. It is necessary to add that the United States placed an embargo on all exports to Hong Kong on 3rd December, 1950, and it was therefore necessary for the United Kingdom to send additional supplies of oil and lubricating greases to Hong Kong for local consumption.

Mr. Stewart

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say what part of those exports this year went by way of Hong Kong to China; and whether we still continue to export those articles?

Sir H. Shawcross

I have answered that question at least four times before. I have said that from a date in August, 1950—which I forget off-hand—there have been no exports of any of these things to China.