§ Colonel DAY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Depart- 46W ment the total amount in sterling of exports and imports between Great Britain and India for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; and what are the principal goods so exported and imported?
§ Sir B. CHADWICK
The value of merchandise exported from Great Britain and Northern Ireland to British India during the year 1926 amounted to £83,434,000, of which British produce and manufactures accounted for £82,027,000 and imported merchandise for £1,407,000.
During the same period our total imports from British India amounted to £57,729,000.
Complete particulars of the individual items making up these totals will not be available for some time, but the following statement shows particulars of 1925:—
TRADE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND WITH BRITISH INDIA IN 1925. Imports from British India. Branch of Trade and Principal Commodities. Declared Value 1,000£ Tea 22,230 Corn offals 1,283 Wheat 5,269 Rice 1,283 Oil seed cake 751 Coffee, raw 695 Cotton, raw 5,161 Goatskins 859 Manganese ore 742 Rubber, crude 1,351 Oleaginous seeds, nuts and kernels: Cotton seed 2,502 Flax or linseed 3,376 Rape seed 679 Other sorts 1,643 Gums and resins 1,301 Jute, raw 8,567 Timber, sawn, hard 779 Sheep's and lambs' wool, raw 3,600 Leather, undressed and dressed 4,775 Lead, pig and sheet 807 Motor and other petroleum spirit 593 Coir yarn, mats and matting 983 Jute yarn and manufactures 3,426 Woollen carpets and rugs 814 Other articles 6,630 Total Imports 80,099
Exports to British India. Branch of Trade and Principal Commodities. Declared Value 1,000£. (i) United Kingdom, Goods: Spirits 679 Tobacco 690 Apparel, not of fur 884 Chemicals, drugs, dyes and colours 2,110 Cotton yarns 2,405 Cotton manufactures: Piece goods 35,265 Other sorts 1,122 Cutlery, hardware, implements and tools 911 China and earthenware, glass and glassware 427 Electrical goods and apparatus 1,155 Machinery 9,215 Iron and steel and manufactures thereof 10,676 Non-ferrous metals and manufactures thereof 1,685 Soap, not containing spirit 925 Paper and cardboard 870 Rubber manufactures 793 Railway rolling stock (including locomotives) 3,260 Motor cars and parts 998 Woollen and worsted manufactures (except apparel) 1,513 Arms, ammunition, etc 616 All other articles 9,849 Total Exports (United Kingdom Goods) 86,048 (ii) Imported Merchandise: All descriptions 1,187 Total Exports 87,235