§ 6. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox
asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he has any information as to the figures for the purchase in the United States of America by the Soviet Government in 1938 and 1940 of, respectively, copper, cotton, petroleum and machine tools; and what steps he is taking with regard to these purchases in view of the probable re-export of the commodities to Germany?
§ Mr. Dalton
According to the United States Government's official statistics, such exports from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. were, in round figures:
|Petroleum and Petroleum product||185,000||134,400|
|Metal working machinery||$ 35,000,000||$ 24,000,000|
§ His Majesty's Government have been in frequent communication with the United States Government regarding this traffic. 1 may add that very little copper has been exported from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. since the summer of 1940 and that there have been no exports of cotton from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R. in 1941.