§ Commander BELLAIRS asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give comparative figures for 1913 and 1930 of food imports and manufactured exports, respectively, expressed in terms of 1913 prices, for the United Kingdom, allowing for the Irish Free State?
§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
I regret that the desired information is not available. The hon. and gallant Member will, no doubt, be aware of the articles published in the Board of Trade Journal comparing the trade of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for each quarter with that of 1924. A comparison with 1913, based on 1924 prices, in respect of imports and exports of the British Isles as a whole is also given there, but the work involved in calculating the precise comparisons ho asks for would involve greater expenditure than would appear to be justified.