HC Deb 17 June 1952 vol 502 cc88-9W
85. Mr. Wood

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much rubber has been sold by the United Kingdom to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the last 12 months.

Mr. Mackeson

During the 12 months ended 30th April, 1952, the latest period for which figures are available, 89,109 tons of raw rubber were re-exported from the United Kingdom to the Soviet Union. As my right hon. Friend explained on 20th March in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Toxteth (Mr. Bevins), exports of rubber to the Soviet Union, both from the United Kingdom and Malaya, are strictly controlled, but there are, however, naturally fluctuations in monthly shipments within the annual rate, and these 12 months include a period of relatively high shipments.