During the five months ended 31st May, 1931, the quantity of butter imported into the United Kingdom from Australia and the Soviet Union amounted to 737,448 cwts, and 32,270 cwts. respectively. There is no direct Government bounty on the export of butter from Australia, but the producers impose a voluntary levy on themselves, out of the proceeds of which a bounty is paid on all butter exported. In Soviet Russia all foreign trade is a Government monopoly, and it is impossible to say what kind and degree of encouragement that Government may accord to the export of any one particular commodity.
|Of which consigned to:|
|Soviet Union (Russia)||—||129,506|
|China (exclusive of Hong Kong, Macao and leased territories).||1,880||1,933|
|Malta and Gozo||217||432|
|Straits Settlements and Dependencies (including Labuan).||333||403|
|Jamaica and Dependencies||1,780||2,014|
I am not in a position to make any statement as to what advances have been made against imports of Russian butter nor as to the terms on which margarine has been exported to the Soviet Union. With regard, however, to the figure of £2,000,000 mentioned I would point out that up to May im- ports of Russian butter this year have been less in value than last year when the total value of the imports during the 12 months was just over £1,000,000, only.