HC Deb 14 February 1922 vol 150 cc842-3W

asked the Secretary of State for India whether the British Government has still any control over the production or export of opium and its derivatives; whether he can state the acreage and yield of opium in India in the years 1920 and 1921, and the amount exported therefrom to various countries, and particularly to Hong Kong; and whether the amount exported to Hong Kong bears any relation to the legitimate medical requirements of the island?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, the area under poppy cultivation in British India was 143,750 acres in 1920, producing 1,209,600 lbs. of raw opium. The following amounts of raw opium were exported from British India in that year:

Straits Settlements 432,600
Dutch East Indies 406,000
Siam 238,000
British North Borneo 24,640
Ceylon 8,400
Japan 126,000
Mauritius 4,900
French Indo-China 133,000
Hong Kong 99,540

The amount exported to Hong Kong included the requirements of the Portuguese Colony of Macao. Figures are not yet available in respect of the year 1921. The third part of the question is a matter for the Colonial Office.