Ceylon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1933.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

10.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the imports into Ceylon of cotton piece-goods from Great Britain and Japan, respectively, from the beginning of the year to the latest available date; and if he will give comparable figures for the years 1913 and 1924?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

As the answer contains a long table of figures, with my hon. Friend's permission I will circulate these in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the table:

Imports of Cotton Piece Goods into Ceylon from the United Kingdom and Japan for the years* 1913 and 1924.
Cotton Piece Goods.1913.1924.
Quantity in Yards.Value in Rupees.Quantity in Yards.Value in Rupees.
(a)Bleached:
United Kingdom15,019,1433,273,3938,790,7204,601,538
Japan5,9401,88860,45017,406
(b)Dyed:
United Kingdom11,628,4392,154,0393,835,0972,739,827
Japan46,14214,1832,223,672891,879
(c)Gray:
United Kingdom4,206,390802,3072,412,6821,065,062
JapanNilNil614,800281,573
(d)Printed:
United Kingdom8,450,2041,704,2865,392,7742,907,654
Japan1,20025575,54646,251
(e)Muslin:
United Kingdom112,82123,47236,18316,543
Japan3010NilNil
(f)Other:
United Kingdom333,180621,753229,189196,158
Japan13,238107,02395,41477,291
Totals:
United Kingdom39,750,1778,579,25020,696,64511,526,782
Japan66,550123,3593,069,8821,314,400
* Separate figures for January, 1913 and January, 1924 are not available.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

11.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the exports of tea from Ceylon to countries other than Great Britain for the last available yearly period?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

During the year ended 31st December, 1932, the exports of tea from Ceylon to countries other than Great Britain were 80,601,298 lbs. valued at £2,557,169, out of a total export of 252,823,755 lbs., valued at £8,076,911.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

Will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the dissimilarity between that figure and the exports of tea from Ceylon to Great Britain?

Photo of Captain Sir George Elliston Captain Sir George Elliston , Blackburn

12.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has yet received a reply from the legislature of Ceylon to his recent telegram protesting against the denial of preferences for British cotton goods; and, if so, what is the nature of that reply?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I have received no information of any action by the Ceylon State Council consequent upon my telegram to the Governor.

Photo of Captain Sir George Elliston Captain Sir George Elliston , Blackburn

Will the right hon. Gentleman press for an early reply to his telegram, and also point out that the Lancashire cotton industry is entitled to some preferential treatment in view of the advantage secured by Ceylon?

Sir P. CUNLIFF-LISTER:

In my view the only satisfactory answer to the telegram would be the grant of preference.

Photo of Sir William Brass Sir William Brass , Clitheroe

Will the right hon. Gentleman bring a little pressure to bear on Ceylon to that effect?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I have already indicated that Ceylon has been informed that it will be for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, not very far ahead, to consider what action should be taken.

Captain CROOKSHANK:

Does not this show the disadvantage of giving rather fancy constitutions to Colonies and dependencies?