HC Deb 03 May 1926 vol 195 cc43-4W
13. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the balance of trade in favour of Southern Ireland in its trade with Great Britain and Northern Ireland; if he has any available statistics to show how far that balance is met by other services; what revenue is derived by either party in the taxation of that trade; and the value of any preference, if any, that is accorded?

1925. Mr. A. M. SAMUEL

The official statistics issued by the Government of the Irish Free State show that the imports from the United Kingdom in the year 1925 were valued at £48,828,000 and the exports to the United Kingdom at £41,602,000, inclusive of imported goods re-exported. The excess of imports thus amounted to £7,226,000. The above figures do not include particulars of non-dutiable imports and exports by parcels post, which are available at present for the period January-September only. In those nine months the parcels imported by post into the Irish Free State from the United Kingdom were valued at