Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount 73W of imports, re-exports, retained imports, and British exports of silk goods for the six months preceding and the six months following the imposition of the Safeguarding Duties?
The following statement shows the value of the trade in goods included under the "silk" headings in the Trade Returns during the periods specified:
— Jan.-June, 1925. July-Dec., 1925. £ £ Silk, Raw, Knubs and Noils— Total Imports 1,188,267 469,401 Re-exports 25,510 69,015 Net Imports retained 1,162,757 400,386 Exports of United Kingdom production. 44,864 19,533 Silk Yarn and Silk manufactures— Total Imports 17,034,586 5,549,192 Re-exports 1,581,282 789,350 Net Imports retained 15,453,304 4,759,842 Exports of United Kingdom production. 916,314 925,420