HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1077W
Mr. David Adams

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the progressive decline in British exports to China since July, 1937?

Captain Wallace

Exports to China in the third quarter of 1937 were only slightly less than in the corresponding period of 1936, but in the fourth quarter they declined to about one-third of their value a year earlier. This decline was accompanied by a large increase in exports to Hong Kong, but it is not possible to say to what extent the increase was due to the diversion to Hong Kong of shipments which might normally have been consigned to Chinese ports. The following tables show (1) the total declared value of the exports of United Kingdom goods consigned to China, excluding Hong Kong, Macao, Manchuria and leased territories, during recent periods, and (2) corresponding information in regard to Hong Kong.

(1) To China.
—— 1936. 1937.
Quarter ended— £'000 £'000
31st March 1,265 1,901
30th June 1,462 1,933
30th September 1,462 1,454
31st December 1,592 511
(2) To Hong Kong.
—— 1936. 1937.
Quarter ended— £'000. £'000.
31st March 511 621
30th June 476 778
30th September 545 888
31st December 580 1,227

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