HC Deb 17 May 1938 vol 336 cc240-1W
Major Procter

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the increasing competition of whale oil with vegetable oil produced by British Colonies, by West Africa particularly; and whether, in view of the adverse effect on British textile exports to those Colonies, any remedial steps can be taken?

Mr. Stanley:

I am aware that whale oil is being used to an increasing extent as an alternative to vegetable oils in the manufacture of certain products but I have no reason to think that this is having any appreciable effect on the sale of British textiles in the Colonies.

Mr. Tomlinson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered a communication from the Bolton and District Operative Cotton Spinners' Association calling his attention to the increases that have taken place in the customs tariff on cotton yarns and piece goods imported into Egypt, and expressing their opinion that such increases will be inimical to the Lancashire cotton industry and detrimental to Egypt; and what action the Government has taken with a view to influencing the Egyptian Government to change its policy?

Mr. Stanley:

Yes, Sir. As I informed the hon. Member for Moss Side (Mr. W. R. Duckworth) on 3rd May, this question has been discussed with a deputation from the Manchester Chamber of Commerce; and His Majesty's Ambassador in Cairo is making representations to the Egyptian Government.

Mr. W. R. Duckworth

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that detailed proposals for enabling legislation for the cotton industry have now been published and criticisms and alternative suggestions from other sources are also available, he will now state when it will be possible to announce the intentions of the Government in this matter?

Country of consignment. 1913 1927 1931 1936 1937
Canada: £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000
Imports 30,488 55,152 32,841 75,128 88,386
Exports 23,795 29,250 20,551 23,243 27,562
Re-exports 3,512 2,110 1,600 1,085 1,259
Imports 38,065 52,740 45,679 61,435 71.805
Exports 34,471 61,179 14,528 32,256 37,531
Re-exports. 3,358 2,563 625 723 755
Union of South Africa (excluding South-West Africa Territory):
Imports 12,301 21,324 13,120 13,555 17,956
Exports 22,185 30,312 21,857 37.511 41,432
Re-exports 1,861 1,531 1,073 703 756
British India (including Burma):
Imports 48,420 65,840 36,711 51.913 64,820
Exports 70,273 85,045 32,289 34.122 39,104
Re-exports 1,397 1,292 801 486 529
NOTES:—(1) The particulars for 1913 relate to the trade of the British Isles as a whole, whereas those for the later years relate to the trade of Great Britain and Northern Ireland only.
(2) The 1937 figures are provisional.

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