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Trade Statistics (Raw Wool)

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity and value of raw wool, greasy and scoured, exported from and imported into all Dominions and foreign countries for which returns are available for each of the last three completed years?

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to a similar question asked by him on the 11th February, which gave figures for 1925, 1926 and 1927. According to the latest volume of the "International Yearbook of Agricultural Statistics," published by the International Institute of Agriculture, Rome, the total imports of wool into 71 countries, British and foreign, amounted, in 1928, to 2,564.2 million lb., and the exports and re-exports to 2,477.1 million lb. This volume contains revised figures for 1927, the corresponding figures for imports being 2,710.6 million lb., and for exports and re-exports 2,606.1 million lb.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that total figures are of very little use in this connection, and that what are wanted are figures of one's individual competitors? Will the hon. Gentleman make an attempt to get the Department furnished with relevant figures as to trade, as heretofore?