Soap (Imports).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 12th May 1931.

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Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantities of soap of all kinds imported into the United Kingdom during 1930 from British and foreign countries, respectively; and how much of the latter was consigned from Soviet Russia?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

During the year 1930 the total quantity of soap imported into the United Kingdom and consigned from British countries was 115,178 cwt. and from foreign countries 231,972 cwt., of which 34,365 cwt. were consigned from the Soviet Union.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if the last-named amount is increasing?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

I think, without having the figures before me, that there has been an increase within recent times.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Is it clean, may I ask?

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Has the right hon. Gentleman made any comparisons between the price at which the Soviet soap is sold here and the price in Russia?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That question does not arise out of the answer.