HC Deb 29 March 1927 vol 204 cc1067-8W
Major GLYN

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the average volume and value of spare parts to motor vehicles of British manufacture exported to the Argentine,. Australia and South Africa, respectively; and, seeing that the reports from those countries indicate that in many eases the British manufacturer fails to sell this product, not on account of the foreign article being either cheaper or better, but because would-be purchasers know from experience that too often spare parts of every sort are not stocked in sufficient quantity by the British agencies, will he take steps to bring these facts to the notice Of exporters?


The approximate total value of the domestic exports of engines and other parts and accessories for touring and commercial motor cars to each of the three countries named, taking an average for the years 1923–4–5, was—to Australia, £179,000; to the Union of South Africa, £52,000; to Argentina, £19,000. The volume represented by these figures cannot be stated. The Department of Overseas Trade is constantly in touch with the motor industry, whose leaders are fully aware of the necessity of maintaining adequate supplies of spare parts in overseas markets.