HC Deb 03 July 1916 vol 83 cc1227-8W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the official figures of the value of our imports of sugar, corn, and meat include the entire Government purchases of these articles abroad; and whether imports of machinery for controlled establishments are included while imports of machinery for the regular Government establishments are excluded?


The note which appears on the cover of the Monthly Accounts Relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom includes the following statement:—"The accounts of goods imported include all articles of food, but do not include other goods which, at the time of importation, were the property of His Majesty's Government or the Governments of the Allies." I do not think it desirable to specify in greater detail the classes of articles excluded.