Jute Stocks and Imports

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Mr. Scott-Elliot:

asked the President of the Board of Trade what stocks of jute were held in this country at the end of 1947; and how many months' production this figure represented.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

On 30th December, 1947, there were 33,576 tons of raw jute in stock in this country, and 19,536 tons afloat. These amounts together represent six months' consumption at the present level.

Mr. Scott-Elliot:

asked the President of the Board of Trade how much jute he expects to import from India during the first six months of 1948; and whether this quantity will be sufficient to maintain last year's level of production.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

It is expected that the quantities of raw jute received from India and Pakistan during the first six months of 1948, with the stock held at the end of 1947, will be sufficient to maintain last year's level of consumption.

Mr. Scott-Elliot:

Does this include shipments from Chittagong, which, I believe I am right in thinking, is within Pakistan?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

Yes, there are some arrivals from Chittagong.

Photo of Sir Walter Fletcher Sir Walter Fletcher , Bury

Has any unilateral customs or export duty been placed on jute by either India or Pakistan?

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester Chatham

That is a matter we hope to deal with later, arising out of discussions which, as the hon. Gentleman knows, are now going on.