HC Deb 11 December 1934 vol 296 cc216-7W

asked the President of the Board of Trade the monthly figures of yarn made from flat silk of English manufacture sent abroad for creping process and re-imported from France and Italy into this country after having undergone a creping process abroad; and whether, if such figures are not immediately available, he will consider such classification in the future, as such yarn is at present charged only with an ad valorem of 25 per cent. and not subject to the specific duty of 1s. 3d., and therefore the figures of such re-imports are readily available?


I am not clear as to the meaning of the term "flat silk," but it is presumed that the question relates to British artificial silk yarn. The only figures readily available are for artificial silk yarn (British or foreign) exported to all destinations to undergo any process, including creping. These figures are as follow:

Wholly artificial Quantity
silk yarn. lbs.
September, 1934 31,419
October, 1934 33,155
November, 1934 50,573

To extract detailed statistics, as suggested, would involve an amount of labour which I am advised would not be justified.