§ Sir OWEN PHILIPPS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the total value of the confectionery that was imported into this country during the year 1919; and whether he can say what is the approximate total cost of the additional sugar which would be required by British manufacturers of confectionery to enable them to bring their present combined output up to prewar standards?895W
§ Sir A. GEDDES
The imports into the United Kingdom during 1919 included:
Confectionery (other than chocolate confectionery) £1,018,238 Cocoa preparations (including chocolate confectionery) containing sugar £2,189,594
It is not known what proportion of the latter figure should be assigned to chocolate confectionery. It is, accordingly, only possible to say that the total value of confectionery imported in 1919 did not exceed £3,207,832. With reference to the last part of the question, I am informed that the cost at current prices of the additional sugar required for the purpose specified would be approximately £6,000,000.