Imports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Mr. DOYLE:

3.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the imports from Japan into India and China during the years 1919, 1920, and 1921, of cotton goods, general textiles, general manufactures, cutlery, toys and fancy goods, and of semi-manufactured articles, respectively?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The reply to this question involves a statistical statement which, with the permission of the House, I will have printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The following is the statement:

Complete information under all the heads mentioned in the question is not available, the classifications shown in the official statistics of the trade of British India and of China, respectively, not including groups of "manufactured articles," of "semi - manufactured articles" or of "fancy goods" imported.

Imports into British India consigned from Japan during the years ended 31st March, 1920, and 31st March, 1921, respectively.

Consigned from Japan.Year ended 31st March, 1920.Year ended 31st March, 1921.*
££
Total Imports19,153,00026,430,000
Cotton manufactures5,288,00010,028,000
Textile manufactures other than of cotton.3,494,0002,808,000
Cutlery88,00047,000
Toys240,000167,000
* Subject to correction on publication of the Annual Statement of the Trade of British India.

Imports into China from Japan during the year 1919 and 1920.

Imported from Japan.1919.1920.
££
Total imports78,198,00077,811,000
Cotton manufactures27,600,00026,405,000
Textile manufactures other than of cotton*.2,122,0001,498,000
Cutlery and electroplated ware.51,00045,000
Toys and games85,00082,000
* The figures are inclusive of cotton hosiery, which is not separately distinguished in the official returns.

The published figures for the first 10 months of the year show that aggregate exports from Japan to China were less in value in those months of 1921 than in the corresponding period of 1920 by about 35 per cent., and the value of exports to British India fell off by about 59 per cent. Later figures are not to hand.

Mr. DOYLE:

4.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the imports into this country and France from Germany of coal; raw material generally; cottons and other textile fabrics; manufactured articles and semi-manufactured articles; foodstuffs of various descriptions; toys; and crockery and fancy articles?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The answer involves u statistical statement which, with the permission of the House, I will have printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The following is the statement:

The available returns do not enable a statement to be made of the imports of each of the classes of goods mentioned in the question. The following table contains such of the desired particulars as can be shown:

Imports into the United Kingdom, consigned from Germany, registered during the year 1921:

£
Coal39,000
Raw materials and articles mainly unmanufactured (except coal)1,100,000
Cotton yarns and manufactures439,000
Yarns and manufactures of other textiles materials1,090,000
Food and drink645,000
Toys and games 1,375,000
Porcelain, chinaware and parian, and general earthenware semi-porcelain and majolica314,000
Fancy goods 292,000
Total of articles wholly or mainly manufactured18,482,000

Imports into France from Germany during the year 1921:

1,000 Francs.
Total imports 2,476,446
Coal, coke, and manufactured fuel 1,344,231*
Cotton yarns and fabrics13,149
Yarns and fabrics of other textile materials (except silk)3,698
Grain, flour and malt10,888
Animals for food 3,722
* Coal from the Saar Coalfield is not included.

Photo of Mr Lewis Haslam Mr Lewis Haslam , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

19.

asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of imports into the United Kingdom from Holland, Denmark, and Germany, re spectively, during the years 1913, 1920, and 1921, respectively; and the value of manufactured and partly manufactured articles, respectively, included in the values referred to in this question?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The answer involves a statistical Table which, with the permission of the House, I will have printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I am unable to show separately the value of manufactured and semi-manufactured articles, but the Table gives particulars for 1913 and 1920 of the classes of goods described in the Returns as "raw materials and articles mainly unmanufactured" and

Imports into the United Kingdom consigned from Holland, Denmark and Germany, registered during each of the years 1913, 1920, and 1921, distinguishing imports of "Raw Materials and Articles Mainly Unmanufactured" and imports of "Articles Wholly and Mainly Manufactured," so far as the particulars are available.
From Holland.Prom Denmark.From Germany.*
£££
Total Imports191323,578,00023,831,00080,411,000
192039,254,00031,166,00030,252,000
192138,858,00041,367,00020,550,000
Raw Materials and Articles mainly unmanufactured19131,929,000298,0006,524,000
19205,539,0001,334,0002,566,000
19211,100,000
Articles wholly or mainly manufactured.19134,227,000241,00056,257,000
192014,478,0001,367,00025,617,000
192118,482,000
* The figures for 1913 relate to pre-war Germany; those for 1920 to Germany exclusive of Alsace-Lorraine; and those for 1921 to Germany exclusive of Alsace-Lorraine, Memel, Dantzig, the part of Poland formerly German, part of Slesvig (now Danish) and Luxemburg.
† Particulars not yet available.