§ Sir H. CROFT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total increase or decrease in the value of exports of safeguarded articles of silk, artificial silk, and goods, included in the McKenna duties, and the total increase or decrease in the value of exports of other manufactures for the first two months of 1928 compared with 1925; and the figures and percentage increase and
Declared Values. Increase or Decrease in 1928 compared with 1925. Description. January and February, 1925. January and February,1928. Declared Values. Percent. £ £ £ Silk Yarn and Silk Manufactures (except Apparel and Embroidery), including Silk Lace. 323,806 389,370 + 65,564 + 20.2 Artificial Silk Yarn and Manufactures (except, Apparel and Embroidery), including Artificial Silk Lace. 949,184 1,556,086 + 606,902 + 63.9 Touring Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Tractors, Motor Cycles and Chassis, Parts and Accessories thereof, and Rubber Tyres and Tubes.* 2,428,763 2,376,546 - 52,217 - 2.15 Cinematograph Films 81,968 49,508 - 32,460 -39.6 Clocks and Watches and Parts thereof 14,875 9,288 - 5,587 - 37.6 Musical Instruments and Parts thereof 311,239 482,083 + 170,844 + 54.9 Total 4,109,835 4,862,881 + 753,046 + 18.3 All other articles wholly or mainly manufactured. 106,151,979 88,902,111 - 17,249,868 - 16.3 * It has been necessary, in order to preserve comparability, to include Inner Tubes for Pedal Cycles which in 1925 cannot be separated from other inner tubes. The value so included in 1928 amounted to £19,548.
I regret I am not in a position to give the figures asked for in the last part of the question, as the revaluation of our trade to ascertain the volume free of fluctuations in average values is only carried out at quarterly intervals.