HC Deb 29 January 1941 vol 368 c573W
Sir L. Lyle

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he is aware of the large quantity of tung oil now being exported from China to Russia; and what is its use, and the ultimate destination of such oil?

Mr. Foot

The Chinese Government have kept His Majesty's Government regularly informed of the shipments of tung oil made to the Soviet Union under the Sino-Soviet Barter Agreement, and I am satisfied that the quantities supplied are not excessive. The principal use of tung oil is for the paint and varnish industry, and His Majesty's Government have received categorical assurances, from both the Chinese and Soviet Governments, that this tung oil is for use within the Soviet Union, and will not be re-exported.