Turkish Chrome Ore (Exports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons on 25th April 1944.

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Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare the amount of chrome ore being exported from Turkey now, together with comparable figures since 1938.

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

Since this Question was put down, hon. Members will have seen the welcome news that the Turkish Government has prohibited the export of chrome ore to the Axis. Owing to difficulties of transport it is not possible to say what quantity is at this moment being exported to the United Nations. As regards the figures of past years, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

May we take it that these exports will cease from now, or from some future date?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

They ceased as from the morning of 21st April.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

While congratulating the Government upon their success in this matter, may I ask the hon. Gentleman whether he will bring to the attention of our oldest Ally this example of the help which can be given by a neutral nation?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

I hope that the Turkish example will not be lost upon them.

Miss Ward:

Can my hon. Friend give the figures of the contracts between Turkey and Germany during the last two years?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

That is another question. Perhaps my hon. Friend will put it down.

Following are the figures:

Total exports to all countries (in metric tons).
1938208,055
1939192,843
1940110,037
194181,286
1942129,307
1943 (estimated)103,000
1944(January and February only)16,670