HC Deb 27 March 1925 vol 182 cc823-4W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Government of the Soviet Republics has placed orders for 14,000 tons of agricultural machinery in the United States, including 450 tractors; whether he has any information as to the terms of purchase; whether any extended credit was given by the manufacturers in America; and whether, in view of the unemployment existing among the workpeople engaged in producing agricultural machinery in this country, he will assist British manufacturers who are already giving extended credit to Russia and doing a limited business, by granting them assistance under the Trade Facilities Act and the export credits scheme?


I have seen statements to the effect that the Government of the Soviet Union has placed considerable orders for agricultural machinery in the United States of

the value of the imports of sugar in all its forms, differentiating between beet and cane sugar, and between sugar imported direct and indirect, e.g., in condensed milk, chocolate, etc.?


As far as they are available, the figures required are contained in the following table. The differentiation in the official statistics between beet and cane sugar only extends to unrefined sugar:

America. I have no information as to the terms of purchase. As regards the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Bow and Bromley (Mr. Lansbury) on 23rd March, a copy which I am sending him.