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War Material (Exports To China And Russia)

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 11 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any licences for the export of war material from this country to China have been issued since 11th July last; and, if so, what is the date on which the last of such licences has been issued?

Only one such licence has been issued since 11th July, the date of issue being 9th August.

Will the President of the Board of Trade tell us what portion, if any, of this war material was manufactured under a Liberal Government?


asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the number and nature of the licences he has granted since 1st June, 1929, in connection with the exporting of munitions of war to Russia?

Eight such licences were issued. The material comprised tanks and armoured vehicles, with trailers, armament, and ammunition therefor, together with some armament for aircraft.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Soviet Government is advising its people to prepare for inevitable war?

All questions of policy are really for the Foreign Office: My duty in this connection is restricted to the issue of the licences.