§ 23. Mr. Wyatt
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reciprocal trade there has been between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Malaya since the Russian promise of industrial aid to the countries of South-East Asia made at the United Nations Economic Conference at Singapore 18 months ago.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
I will circulate details in the OFFICIAL REPORT, but the summary figures are these. The total value of Malayan exports to the U.S.S.R. in 1951 and 1952 was £8,600,000 and £3,300,000, respectively, almost entirely of rubber. Imports from the Soviet Union into Malaya during these two years were valued at £4,710 and £3,165, respectively, In 1952 the biggest single item sent from the Soviet Union to Malaya was 4 cwt. of caviar valued at £1,725.
These figures show clearly that the Soviet promises of industrial aid have come to nothing despite the willingness of the Malayan Governments to grant import licences for Russian capital goods if any had been forthcoming at competitive 379 prices. This situation contrasts strikingly with the increases in imports into Malaya from the United Kingdom, North America and the O.E.E.C. countries: in 1950 £96 million, in 1951 £179 million and in 1952 £159 million.
§ Mr. McGovern
Is it not the case that as well as caviar they have also exported a considerable number of arms to these countries?
§ Mr. Lyttelton
I should hesitate to answer that question with a direct negative, because a certain number of arms have entered Malaya, but I do not think they came from Soviet Russia.
§ Following is the statement:
|MALAYAN IMPORTS FROM U.S.S.R.|
|Canned Fish n.e.s.*||76||35|
|Other Provisions n.e.s.*||—||1,957|
|Earthenware, Glass, Abrasives||—||581|
|Cutlery, Hardware, Instruments||4,494||157|
|Chemicals, Drugs, Dyes, Colours||8||397|
|* n.e.s.—not elsewhere specified|
|MALAYAN EXPORTS TO U.S.S.R.|
|Seeds and nuts for oil, Oil, Fats, Resins and Gums||61,188||—|
|Rubber and Gutta Percha||8,527,995||3,349,665|