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Written Answers

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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Written Answers To Questions

Wednesday, 7th May 1947

Palestine Police Force (Dependants' Pension)

1.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in what circumstances dependants, including parents, of British constables killed in Palestine, qualify for pensions.

Under the Palestine Police Ordinance a pension is payable to the widow, and to the children under the age of 18, of a British constable of the Palestine Police Force who dies as a result of injuries received whilst on duty. The widow's pension ceases on remarriage. A pension is payable to the mother of the deceased officer if she was wholly dependent on him for her support. The mother's pension ceases on remarriage if she was a widow at the time of the grant of pension, or on evidence of other adequate means of support. Dependants of these constables will also be eligible for benefit from a special fund which the Palestine Government is arranging to set up and which will be applied for the maintenance or education of dependants of public officers killed as a result of terrorist activities.

Falkland Islands (Town Hall, Rebuilding)

6.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to repair the effects of the fire which took place in the capital of the Falkland Islands in 1945; and whether the cost of rebuilding is to fall entirely on the resources of the Colony.

The Town Hall in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, which housed several Government offices, the Museum and Public Library, was burnt out on 17th April, 1944. Owing to the difficulty of obtaining building materials, etc., the hall has not yet been rebuilt. The sum of £19,630 was paid to the Falklands Government in respect of insurances, but, since this amount is not expected to cover the cost of reconstruction at present-day prices, the Governor has under consideration the submission of an application for assistance under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.

Seychelles (Tea Stocks)

7.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies during what periods in the last 12 months could tea not be purchased in the Seychelles.

Stocks of tea in the Islands ran out between November, 1946, and January, 1947, owing to shortage of shipping space which held up a consignment lying at Mombasa. The position is now normal.

Malaya (Proposed Constitution)

18.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now received the recommendations of the Consultative Committee of the Governor's Advisory Council for Malaya; whether it is his intention to publish them; and whether the sultans and rulers of Malaya have accepted these recommendations.

I would refer to my reply to my hon. Friend on 23rd April and to the hon. Member for Bury (Mr. W. Fletcher) on 30th April. The Consultative Committee's Report was considered by the Malay Rulers at a meeting with the Governor-General Malaya and the Governor of the Malayan Union on 24th April. I hope to receive the Governor's recommendations shortly.

Illegal Jewish Immigrants, Palestine And Cyprus

19.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that 2,560 all ranks are employed on guard duties and 351 on administrative duties in guarding illega1 Jewish immigrants in Palestine and Cyprus, he has any plans for the future of these illegal Jewish immigrants.

Provision is made for the allocation to illegal immigrants of 750 of the present monthly quota of 1,500 immigration certificates. The disposal of illegal immigrants whom it is not possible to admit under the present immigration quota will depend to a large extent on the decision of the United Nations in regard to the future of Palestine.

Mauritius (Proposed Constitution)

27.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recommendations have been made by the Consultative Committee considering the proposed Constitution for Mauritius; and what different representations have been made in the Colony in regard to the franchise.

I have only just received the Governor's report on his discussions with the Consultative Committee and with the Council of Government in Mauritius, and I regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Bermuda (Civil Servants, Salaries)

28.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the high cost of living in Bermuda, consideration will be given to some increase in the present colonial allowances which have not been altered since 1945.

The salaries paid to civil servants in Bermuda were reviewed last year by a joint committee of the Legislature. New scales of salary were introduced on 1st January last, and the bonus and subsistence allowances formerly paid were abandoned. I understand that in fixing the new scales the high cost of living was taken into account.

East Africa (Uk Exports)

40.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that biscuits, cordials, jams, marmalade, chocolate, confectionery, poultry food, boots and shoes and other clothing, all of which are in short supply in the United Kingdom, are being exported to East Africa in substantial quantities where, in many cases, alternatives could be produced locally; and if he will take steps to exclude such goods which are more urgently needed in this country.

Imports of the goods mentioned are permitted by Colonial Governments as part of the general policy of promoting exports from the United Kingdom and it rests with the Departments responsible for them in this country to determine what proportion of our supplies can be exported.

Food Supplies

Points Banking System

46.

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider abolishing the present monthly points banking system and substituting for it a new system on a quarterly basis.

Lost Ration Books (Replacements)

49.

asked the Minister of Food what is the number of duplicate ration books issued to replace lost or alleged lost books during each of the five ration years 1942–43 to 1946–47.

During the four ration years 1942–43 to 1945–46 the numbers of food ration books issued to replace books reported lost or stolen were approximately 397,000, 479,000, 580,000 and 673,000. The figures for 1946–47 are not, of course, yet available.

Sugar

50.

asked the Minister of Food what will be the cost to the Exchequer annually of the recent cut of 1d. per lb. in the retail price of sugar.

Milk Distribution

53.

asked the Minister of Food how soon he expects to receive the Report of the Committee on Milk Distribution.

asked the Minister of Food whether he is yet in a position to permit householders to select the milk retailers of their choice.

I have now received an interim Report from the Committee on Milk Distribution covering the immediate future. Briefly, the Committee consider that to abandon the rationalised delivery system this slimmer would make fair distribution much more difficult and might lead to the wasteful use of manpower and other resources which can ill be spared just now. They recommend, however, that consumers should be allowed to change to a supplier of either heat-treated or, where it can reasonably be provided, T.T. milk, where the present retailer is unable or unwilling to supply one or other of these categories of milk.After careful consideration, I have decided to accept these recommendations. I know that some people find the compulsory registration with retailers irksome, but I am sure that the majority will agree that fair distribution and economies in distribution are most important at the present time. I am making arrangements, starting on 1st June, to allow consumers to change their registrations to other suppliers in the same delivery zone if their own retailers cannot supply T.T. or heat-treated milk, though in most cases we shall be able to arrange for the present retailer to receive a supply of either heat-treated milk or T.T. milk. In the very few cases where heat-treated or T.T. milk cannot be provided within the zone, people will be allowed to register for it in another zone, but I am afraid they will have to fetch it. To allow delivery would endanger rationalisation. Consumers desiring, but not now receiving, either T.T. or heat-treated milk should first ask their present retailer to supply them with one or other of these categories of milk, and if he cannot do so should advise the local food office.

Eggs

51.

asked the Minister of Food what will be the cost to the Exchequer annually of increasing the price of eggs by 1d. per dozen to the producer.

Soap Ration, South Kensington

54.

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the difficulty experienced by people living in the South Kensington area to obtain their rations of soap; and if he will take the necessary steps to allocate a larger quantity of soap to this area.

I know there have been difficulties in South Kensington, but things have recently improved there.

Telephone Service

Kidlington

64.

asked the Postmaster-General what is the number of applicants for lines on the Kidlington exchange awaiting connection in 1945, 1946 and 1947, respectively; the number of spare lines on 24th March, 1947; when it is anticipated further facilities will be given to new subscribers; and what capital construction is involved.

The number applicants waiting for service on the Kidlington exchange on 31st March, 1945, 1946 and 1947 was nine, 26 and 61, respectively; and on 24th March, 1947, there were 11 spare subscribers' equipments at the exchange. It is proposed to carry out an interim extension of the existing manual exchange this year and to replace it by an automatic exchange next year, but in view of the shortage of materials and the large number of similar works to be undertaken elsewhere it is not possible at present to quote firm dates for the completion of these installations. The capital cost of the new exchange and additional plant line will be approximately £14,000.

Kiosks

65.

asked the Postmaster-General what is the target for the number of telephone kiosks to be erected in the next four years, respectively; the number of actual kiosks which have been ordered; the contract price of each; and the delivery rate in the next four years, respectively.

The Post Office aims to provide about 1,700 kiosks a year for the next four or five years, but actual achievement will depend on the rate of supply of kiosks and of the associated components. The number of kiosks at present on order is 7,500, of which 3,100 have been supplied. The remainder are now being delivered at the rate of about 200 a month. It is not usual to disclose contract prices but I may say that the cost of the kiosk itself is a relatively small part of the £160 which represents the average cost of providing an installation.

Broadcasting

Bbc (Salaries)

66.

asked the Postmaster-General what was the total amount of salaries paid directly by the B.B.C. in England and Wales and in Scotland, respectively; and what was the amount of salaries paid, common to both countries for the last complete financial year.

The services of the B.B.C. in the regions of England and Wales and in Scotland and Northern Ireland are an integral part of the whole service provided by the B.B.C. for the United Kingdom and I regret it is not practicable to give separate figures of expenditure in respect of salaries for any one Region.

White Horse Hill Project

74.

asked the Postmaster-General what alternative sites were considered before it was proposed to build a television relay station near the summit of White Horse Hill, Berkshire; and if he will reconsider this matter in view of the representations that have been made to him.

A number of sites were considered, but that on White Horse Hill was the most suitable technically. The precise location was only decided upon after full consultation with the local planning authorities who raised no objection once the Post Office had agreed to the conditions which they laid down. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I have given to the hon. Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn).

Postal Privileges (Service Personnel Abroad)

asked the Postmaster-General what changes have been made in the postal privileges afforded to Service personnel abroad; and how much additional revenue will accrue in the present year.

Service personnel in most areas overseas can send letters to the United Kingdom up to two ounces in weight free of postage. Such letters, if not exceeding one ounce, have hitherto been despatched by air so far as air services have been available for their carriage, but as from 1st May air transmission will be accorded to letters (up to one ounce) only on payment of a postage of 1½d. The additional revenue from this charge during the current financial year on letters from areas where the Forces' postal service is provided by the United Kingdom authorities is estimated to be about £500,000, but the service will still not be self-supporting.

Royal Air Force

Requisitioned Buildings, South Nutfield

75.

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that buildings recently occupied by members of the R.A.F. in Mid Street, South Nutfield, have now been left empty and unlocked; whether this property is now being released by his Department; and whether any steps are being taken to prevent loss or damage in the meantime.

We no longer need these buildings and we are trying to sell them. We locked them when we moved out but they were broken into. I am afraid we cannot spare men to guard these buildings but once more we have done our best to make them secure.

Bombing Ranges, Selsey District

76.

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the danger and disturbance to residents and visitors in the Hundred of Manhood are being accentuated by the intensification of practice on the Selsey and Earnley bombing ranges; and if he will stop the use of these ranges pending a decision upon the question of their compulsory acquisition for Government purposes.

I am aware of the local interest in the two R.A.F. ranges in the Selsey district and a public inquiry will be held before any final decisions are taken. We are not at present using the range at Earnley. The other range—in Bracklesham Bay—is still being used but the public are in no danger, nor do I think there is undue disturbance.

Signals Personnel (Release)

77.

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that there are airmen in the signals trades of the R.A.F. with more than four years' voluntary service; and what steps are being taken to train replacements in sufficient numbers to enable signals personnel to fit into the normal demobilisation scheme.

I am afraid we cannot speed up release in the signals trades at present, but we aim to release all airmen with over four years' service by the end of this year. We are training as many recruits as we can; we are getting more instructors; and we have introduced two less skilled signals trades for which less training is needed.

Civil Aviation

Beac (Services)

78.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he will now state when the new service of B.E.A.C. covering Swansea-Cardiff-London and Cardiff-Bristol-Paris will operate; and if he will give the fares, times and any other details available.

No, Sir. In accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act, 1946, my Department in association with the British European Airways Corporation is reviewing the whole general plan of air services in the Corporation's field with a view to determining the speed with which the different parts can be implemented in 1947–48. Until this review is complete, I regret I cannot make a statement about this particular service.

Airways Corporations (Annual Reports)

79.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he will secure that the report of the annual trading accounts of B.O.A.C. and B.S.A.A.C. will show the number of staff, other than aircrew, employed per aircraft.

My noble Friend has every hope that the annual reports of the three Statutory Airways Corporations will be as informative as possible within the limits of international practice now under consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The reports are, however, under the Statute, a matter for the Corporations and it is not practicable to state at the present time the precise detail that will be given.

Pakenham Committee Report (Publication)

80.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he is now in a position to state the date of publication of the Report of the Pakenham Committee; and whether he has any statement to make a to the development of Cliffe as an international marine airport.

It is hoped that the publication of the Report of the Pakenham Committee will be made on 16th May. As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for South Portsmouth (Sir J. Lucas) on 3rd April, Cliffe is, at present, but one among a number of possibilities and no decision has yet been taken as to the site for a permanent marine airport

Austria (Council Of Foreign Ministers)

81.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now make a statement on the future of Austria, following the recent meetings in Moscow of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

I hope to include some remarks on Austria in a general statement to the House at a later date.

Japan (Reparations And Restitution Problems)

82.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what proportion of Japanese industrial equipment and material removed, or to be removed, as reparations had originally been obtained by seizure or looting from other nations; what action he proposes to take to see that such property or its equivalent value is returned to its owners; and if he will impress upon General MacArthur the need for admitting to Japan those who have such claims, in order to pursue their legitimate inquiries.

Within the framework of policy decisions of the Far Eastern Commission, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers is now engaged in designating Japanese industrial facilities for removal as reparations, but no removals have yet been made. General MacArthur has invited all Governments represented on the Far Eastern Commission to send official missions to Tokyo to deal with him on problems of reparations, restitution and restoration. In restitution matters, the missions' functions are to inspect property for purposes of identification, to present claims for looted goods, to request that searches be made for missing items believed to be in Japan, to accept title to goods on behalf of their Governments and to arrange for the transportation of such property from Japan. The Representatives who will act on behalf of the United Kingdom, Burma and the Colonies are now expected to arrive in Japan before the end of May. One of their main tasks will, of course, be to secure the restitution of British property looted by the Japanese and to ensure that it is not made available for reparations. If cases arise where, for any reason, identifiable loot found in Japan cannot be returned, claims for compensation will be made.

Economic Commission For Europe

83.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will instruct the United Kingdom delegation to the Economic Commission for Europe to press for immediate consideration by the Commission of the economic problems of Greece and Turkey.

The Economic Commission for Europe is instructed by its terms of reference, to which His Majesty's Government have already agreed, to give prior consideration, during its initial stages, to measures to facilitate the economic reconstruction of devastated countries of Europe which are members of the United Nations. The Commission is at present in the period of organisation and its first task will be to consult with the members of the Emergency Economic Commission for Europe, the European Coal Organisation and the European Central Inland Transport Organisation with a view to the prompt termination of the first, the absorption or termination of the second and third, while ensuring that the essential work performed by each of the three is fully maintained. Thereafter, the order of priority of the tasks before it will, of course, be a matter for determination by the Commission itself, but the United Kingdom representative will be concerned to see that these tasks are discharged in an equitable manner and one which advances European recovery. While there is nothing to prevent any particular country from bringing its needs to the attention of the Commission, I mast point out that the prime consideration is European recovery as a whole, and I do not consider that it would be appropriate to instruct the United Kingdom delegation to press the Commission to consider the economic problems of any particular countries

China (Civil War)

84.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the importance of reopening our trading, political and cultural relations with China, His Majesty's Government are taking steps to promote a settlement between the parties to the widespread civil war in that country.

No, Sir. Much as we deplore the continuance of the Chinese civil war, we regard it as entirely a Chinese domestic affair in which His Majesty's Government cannot properly interfere.

Polish Nationalisation Law (British Interests)

85.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the progress of discussions on compensation for British interests in Poland which have been nationalised by the Polish Government.

I have now heard from the Polish Government that they are ready to open discussions with His Majesty's Government as to compensation of British interests affected by the Polish nationalisation law of 3rd January, 1946, and that the terms to be granted to those interests will be no less favourable than those accorded to the United States interests under the Polish-American Financial Agreement of December last. I am also assured by the Polish Government that they will give careful consideration to a memorandum, dealing with the particular application of these terms to British interests, which had previously been submitted to them on my instructions by His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires. His Majesty's Government are, therefore, inviting the Polish Government to send to London a delegation to discuss the setting up of an Anglo-Polish mixed Commission and to agree the terms of reference of such a body.

Road Maintenance Work

86.

asked the Minister of Transport what cuts have been imposed on the estimates for road maintenance and improvement in Leicestershire during the current financial year; and whether he will reconsider the request for such reduction, in view of the increased repairs which are necessary owing to the adverse winter, conditions and the increase of traffic on the roads.

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave on Monday, 5th May, to the hon. Members for Banbury (Mr. Dodds-Parker) and Sutton Coldfield (Sir J. Mellor). I can hold out no hope of increasing the grants available for road maintenance.

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any figures indicating the amount of money which was saved on road maintenance work during the war, and whether, in view of the need for making up for lost time in this direction, he will give some early indication of the plans of his Department for embarking on an effective programme of road maintenance and improvement.

The information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. With regard to the second part, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the statement of general policy which I made in the House on 6th May, 1946, of which I am sending him a copy. The rate of progress with the programme then indicated must depend on the financial provision which can be made.

Steel Production, Sheffield (Lost Tonnage)

87.

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has received an estimate of the loss in production of steel in Sheffield caused by the shortage of fuel.

Approximately 70,000 tons were lost during February and March this year.

Metropolitan Police (Widow's Pension)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the widow of Sergeant W. F. Curie is only receiving a pension of approximately 11s. 6½d. per week, when her husband, who died in February, 1947, served for 25 years in the Metropolitan police, for 20 years of which he was a sergeant, retiring with an exemplary character in December, 1931; and the amount of contributions paid towards a pension fund by Sergeant Curie during his service.

The pension of £30 a year (11s. 6d. a week) payable under the Police Pensions Act, 1921, to the widow of a police sergeant is liable to an increase of not more than 40 per cent. under Pensions (Increase) Acts, 1944 and 1947, if the widow satisfies the requirements of these Acts; and Mrs. Curie has been so informed. The late Sergeant Curie paid a total of £159 11s. 11d. as rateable deductions under the Police Pensions Act during his 25 years' service; he drew a total of £2,829 0s. 8d. in pension during the 15 years from his retirement to the time of his death.

Adult Education (Responsible Bodies)

asked the Minister of Education which are the bodies recognised as responsible under the Adult Education Regulations.

The following are now recognised as responsible bodies for Adult Education under the Further Education Grant Regulations, 1946:

  • Birmingham University Board of Adult Education.
  • Bristol University Joint Committee.
  • Cambridge University Board of Extra-Mural Studies.
  • Durham University (Durham Division) Board for Extra-Mural Studies.
  • Durham University (King's College) Board of Extra-Mural Studies.
  • Hull University College.
  • Leeds University Board of Extra-Mural Studies.
  • Leicestershire Adult Education Joint Committee.
  • Leicester University College Joint Committee.
  • Liverpool University Joint Committee.
  • London University Extension and Tutorial Classes Council (Tutorial Classes Committee).
  • London University Extension and Tutorial Classes Council (University Extension Committee).
  • Manchester University Joint Committee.
  • Nottingham University College Joint Adult Classes Committee.
  • Oxford University Delegacy for Extra-Mural Studies (Tutorial Classes Committee).
  • Oxford University Delegacy for Extra-Mural Studies (University Extension Lectures Committee).
  • Reading University Joint Committee.
  • Sheffield University Joint Committee.
  • Southampton University College Joint Committee.
  • Southampton University College Extension Committee.
  • University College of the South-West of England Joint Committee.
  • University College of the South-West of England.
  • Workers' Educational Association.
  • Cornwall Adult Education Joint Committee.
  • Educational Centres Association.
  • Young Men's Christian Association.
  • University College of Wales Joint Committee.
  • University College of North Wales Joint Committee.
  • University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire Joint Committee.
  • University College of Swansea Joint Committee.
  • Welsh National Council of Music.
  • Oxford, Catholic Workers' College.
  • Bournville, Fircroft College.
  • Hillcroft Residential College for Working Women.
  • Oxford, Ruskin College.
  • Coleg Harlech.

Coal Industry

Domestic Supplies (Sub-Tenants)

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power in what circumstances relatives living in the same house are entitled to an increased allocation of coal over and above the normal quota.

When a local fuel overseer is satisfied that additional solid fuel is needed for premises in which the conditions do not justify a second registration, he will authorise such extra supplies as the circumstances warrant. I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of a leaflet explaining the circumstances in which extra fuel may be granted for sub-tenants.

Engineers And Maintenance Staff

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what are the average weekly hours of work of colliery engineers and colliery maintenance staff; and whether these categories of colliery workers are included in those whose hours of work are to be reduced.

The hours of work of colliery engineers and colliery maintenance staff vary from approximately 45 to 56 per week. Where the hours are governed by agreements made between the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers they will be reduced.

Control Of Fuel Order

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will exempt from the Control of Fuel Order S.R. & O., 1947, No. 765, those households which depend solely upon gas or electricity for heating and have no coal fireplaces.

Motor Spirit (Imports From Usa)

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will state, approximately, how much of the 163,000,000 gallons of motor spirit imported from the U.S.A. at a cost of £4,499,329 during the three months January to March, 1947, was used for private pleasure motoring under the basic rationing scheme.

Imports of motor spirit from U.S.A. accounted for about one half of the total imports of motor spirit in January-March, 1947, but it is not possible to allocate imports from a particular country to a particular use.

Housing Programme, Newark And District

asked the Minister of Health if he will give the housing programme for the borough of Newark and for the rural districts of Bingham, South-well and Newark; the number of applicants for housing; the number of houses in course of erection; and the number which is expected to be completed by the end of 1947 in each area.

I would ask the hon. Member to await the Housing Return for the month of March

Trade And Commerce

Paper Supplies (Football Pools)

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what additional allocations of paper have been made to the six principal football pool organisations to meet their additional consumption following the extension of the present football season; and if he will state the consequent variation that has been made in the undertaking given to his Department by such firms not to exceed 2½ per cent. of their prewar paper consumption:(2) if he will publish a list of the football pool firms and football pool forecasting agencies who obtain their paper supplies under licence; the paper consumption permitted under each individual licence, with the corresponding estimated paper consumption figures of these firms for the football season 1938–39;(3) what action he proposes to take to restrict or prevent the purchase of paper by football pool firms and football pool forecasting agencies from printers' and merchants' stocks, the supply of which is not subject to licence.

Paper has been licensed for the current period (March to June) on the basis of 2¼ per cent. of prewar consumption. This is a reduction on the amount previously licensed to take account of the increased shortage of paper but no other variation has been made in the undertaking given by the pool promoters. I do not consider it desirable to disclose figures for individual firms but no paper is licensed for football pool forecasting agencies. With regard to his last Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to him on 18th February last.

Despatch Of Goods Abroad

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the regulations which control the despatch of food and goods abroad by Polish nationals; and the amounts of food and soap which they are allowed to send out of this country.

:. The regulations governing the despatch of goods to any destination abroad are contained in the Export of Goods (Control) (Consolidation) Order, 1946, as amended by two subsequent Orders. An open general licence covering the despatch by parcel post, without export licence, by private individuals of certain quantities of rationed foodstuffs and other export controlled goods as bona fide gifts to private persons abroad, has been issued under this Order, and I am sending the hon. and gallant Member details of this concession.

Exports To Venezuela (Statistics)

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the chief exports to Venezuela; and what is the total value of exports to that country during the latest year for which statistics are available and for the equivalent period which ended immediately before the war.

Exports to Venezuela in 1938 amounted to £1,446,000 and in 1946 to £4,740,000. Particulars of the principal exports in 1946 are given below.

Pottery, glass, abrasives, etc:£000
Cement 103
Other 273
Iron and Steel and manufactures thereof:
Wrought tubes459
Other 932
Non-ferrous metals and manufactures thereof129
Cutlery, hardware, implements and instruments137
Electrical goods and apparatus313
Machinery 700
Cotton thread105
Woollen and worsted tissues88
Manufactures of other textile materials 194
Chemicals, drugs, dyes and colours245
Commercial vehicles and chassis187
Ships and boats, new 123
Miscellaneous articles, wholly or mainly manufactured99
AU other articles653
Total4,740