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Overseas Goods (Bulk Purchasing)

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a comprehensive statement as to the quantity and value of goods bought in bulk from overseas by various Government Departments during 1948.

pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 16th May, 1949; Vol. 465, c. 8] supplied the following statement:

RAW MATERIALS PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE BOARD OF TRADE DURING 1948
Quantity purchasedValue (f.o.b.)
Tons£
Timber4,884,12072,918,000
Raw materials for textiles*372,17242,777,000
Hides, skins and tanning materials193,44722,061,000
Papermaking materials and board1,408,93340,879,000
Materials for fertilisers and for the manufacture of sulphuric acid2,104,56011,328,000
Chemicals602,1217,997,000
Miscellaneous raw materials47,6352,057,000
9,612,988200,017,000
* Does not include raw cotton which is purchased by the Raw Cotton Commission.

METALS PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE MINISTRY OF SUPPLY DURING 1948
MaterialQuantity purchasedValue (f.o.b.)
Tons£
Chrome Ore113,500528,000
Copper (blister and electrolytic)312,500(a)37,278,000
Lead170,00014,890,000
Tin ore (tin content)9,464(b)4,789,000
Virgin aluminium140,74010,229,600
Zinc158,34210,466,000
Pig Iron43,326576,048
Steel374,63910,234,324
(a) Excludes tonnages returned from toll refining overseas of Ministry copper and copper alloy scrap as refined copper.
(b) Excludes tonnages of tin ore bought and imported on private account although the metal produced in the United Kingdom from such purchases is taken over by the Ministry. Excludes also purchases of this metal in Malaya by the Ministry and sold direct to overseas consumers.

COMMODITIES PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE MINISTRY OF FOOD DURING 1948
CommodityPayments for purchases during the calendar year 1948
QuantityValue (f.o.b.)
Tons 000's£000's
Fruits and vegetables (a)1,304·944,444
Fish (b)62·77,135
Meat and bacon (c) (d)1,105·0101,307
Tea, coffee and cocoa352·779,132
Cereals, pulses, starch and animal feeding stuffs (d)8,571·4193,099
Sugar and glucose1,908·548,683
Milk products, eggs and oils and fats (d)2,243·5222,638
15,548·7696,438

NOTES:

  • (a) Including canned fruit, dried fruit and edible nuts and fruit juices.
  • (b) Including canned fish.
  • (c) Including canned meat, poultry and rabbits.
  • (d) Includes £16·2 m. for purchases under Andes Agreement not received in the United Kingdom until 1949.
  • COMMODITIES PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS BY THE MINISTRY OF WORKS AND DELIVERED DURING 1948
    CommodityQuantityValue
    Excavators225£2,807,669