HC Deb 27 April 1936 vol 311 cc564-5W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any satisfactory reply has yet been received from the Italian Government on the subject of the bombing of the British Red Cross unit in Abyssinia; and whether any compensation is to be demanded in this connection?


As regards the first part of the question, the Italian Government have not yet returned a reply to the note addressed to them by His Majesty's Ambassador in Rome on 10th April, which was included in the White Paper Cmd. 5160. As regards the second part, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement contained in the final paragraph of that note.


asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of petroleum and petroleum products were exported from the United States of America to Italy and Italian dependencies in the separate months of January and February, 1936?


The following table shows, according to United States official statistics, the quantities of crude petroleum and petroleum products exported from the United States of America to Italy and Italian Africa during January and February, 1936.

January. February.
Exports to Italy: Barrels. Barrels.
Crude Petroleum 117,013 411,134
Motor Spirit 203,301 59,997
Kerosene 1,988
Gas and Fuel Oil 185,262 555,632
Lubricating Oil 67,306 30,105
Total 572,882 1,058,856
Lbs. Lbs.
Lubricating Grease 6,788 484,282
Paraffin Wax 2,574,089 3,663,037
Tons (of 2,240 lbs).
Asphalt 725 1,966
Petroleum Coke 500 1,504
Exports to Italian Africa: Barrels. Barrels.
Motor Spirit 110,220
Gas and Fuel Oil 16,035
Lubricating Oil 399
Total 126,654
(1 Bartel = 42 United States Gallons or 35 Imperial Gallons.)