asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the importation of gravestones into this country; whether he can state the country from which these gravestones come; and whether he is aware that correspondingly suitable stone can be obtained in this country at reasonable rates?
Gravestones are not separately recorded in the Trade Returns of the United Kingdom, but the main importation of monumental and architectural granite is from Germany and Czechoslovakia, and of marble from Italy and Belgium. I am aware that granite and other stones suitable for monumental purposes are available in Great Britain.
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that increasing quantities of manufactured house furniture are being sent into this country, for instance, from Italy, where girl polishers are paid ¾d. per hour; and will he be prepared to put a tariff on foreign furniture to decrease unemployment in Shoreditch and elsewhere?
During the first 10 months of 1931, the total imports of woollen and worsted tissues into the United Kingdom consigned from Poland (including Dantzig) amounted to 1,611,000 sq. yards, of a declared value of £188,000. Exporters of woollen and worsted tissues from Poland receive a non-transferable certificate valued at about 3d. per pound on pure wool tissues and about 2d. per pound on mixed wool tissues, which is available for payment of Customs duties on articles of any kind imported by them. The intention of this system is stated to be to reimburse to the manufacturer the duties payable on his raw material.
asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity of fish landed into this country by Dutch, Danish, and German trawlers for the 12 months ended 30th September last; whether he can give the figures for the corresponding period of the previous year; and whether it is the intention of the Government to take any steps with the view to protecting the interests of the British fishing industry?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. HoreBelisha):
The total weight of fish, of all kinds from deep sea fisheries brought in to the United Kingdom by Dutch, Danish and German boats during the 12 months ended 30th September, 1031, was 14,000 cwts., 113,000 cwts., and?99,000 cwts., respectively, compared with 18,000 cwts., 85,000 cwts., and 1,006,000 cwts., respectively, during the 12 months ended 30th September, 1930. As regards the second part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries on the lath November to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Hull (Mr. Law).
Following is the answer:
|The following table shows, in respect of the undermentioned cereal by-products, the total declared value and the average declared import value (c.i.f.) of the imports into the United Kingdom registered during the month of October, 1930 and 1931, together with the principal countries whence these imports were consigned.|
|Description.||October, 1930.||October, 1931.||Principal countries whence consigned.|
|Declared Value.||Average Declared Value per ton.||Declared Value||Average Declared Value per ton.|
|Bran and pollard||36,191||4||8||2||117,131||3||19||8||Argentine Republic, Australia, Netherlands.|
|Sharps and Middlings.||35,161||4||18||11||64,327||4||19||4||Argentine Republic, France, Netherlands, Australia.|
|Rice meal and dust||82,937||4||10||9||74,853||3||11||0||British India.|
|Other sorts||1,413||3||0||8||1,074||2||4||10||Irish Free State, France.|
The only fresh liquid milk imported into the United Kingdom comes from the Irish Free State, and the, bulk of this passes over the land boundary into Northern Ireland. During the first 10 months of this year 38,403 cwts. of fresh milk were so imported. In addition, 3,174 cwts. of unsweetened preserved milk (other than condensed and powdered milk) were imported into the United Kingdom.
During the first 10 months of 1931 the total imports into the United Kingdom of fresh flowers, which are recorded by value only, were of a, declared value of £927,500, while the Imports of bulbs amounted to 525 million, valued at £1,312,600. Imports of pot plants are not separately distinguished in the trade returns.
Sir NAIRNE STEWART SANDEMAN:31.
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the quantity of paper-machine wire which was imported into this country during the first 10 months of 1930 and during the same period of 1931; and whether there has been any sign of abnormal imports during the last six months?
I regret that I am not in a position to give the hon. Member the information which he desires, as the imports of paper-machine wire are not separately recorded in the trade returns of the United Kingdom.
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the extent to which dumping of goods from Germany, France and Czechoslovakia is affecting worsted factories in Scotland; and whether the amount of such imports will be taken into immediate account with a view to action under the Abnormal Importations (Customs Duties) Act?