Dumping of German Wheat.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

I want to refer to some of the figures which have been given by speakers on the other side. I do not want to belittle the seriousness of the problem which is presented by the import of German wheat and its effect upon British farmers, but it is as well to under-stand that the case put forward on behalf of the Motion has been grossly exaggerated. For instance, the statement has been made that the import of German wheat in the last year, compared with the previous year, had increased 25 times in amount. I want to give what I understand are the actual figures up to July of this year. For the year ending July, 1929, the total amount of wheat imported from Germany was 123,012 tons. Those are the official figures. For the previous year the amount was 8,784 tons. Now that represents an increase of about 12 times, and not 25 times. But the important thing to remember, as has been pointed out by an hon. Member who spoke previously, is that if you go back to the year ending July, 1926, the imports of German wheat in that year were far higher than they were for the year ending July of this year.