§ 71. Mr. Frank Byers
asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities and types of strategic war materials have been despatched to the U.S.S.R. in the last 12 months.
§ The Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Bottomley)
It is not practicable to define what is a strategic war material, many articles having a dual use for peace and war purposes. I am therefore circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a detailed statement of all exports and re-exports from the United Kingdom to the U.S.S.R. in the 12 months ended September, 1948.
§ Mr. Bottomley
There is no question of not answering. I said it is difficult to define what are strategic war materials. It is necessary for us to have some foodstuffs and other raw materials from that country, and so long as it is in the interest of the United Kingdom to do that trade, we shall continue to do it.
§ Mr. Anthony Nutting
Is not the Minister aware that during the war, when we had to deal with neutrals on the subject of sending war materials to our enemies, we had a very clear idea exactly what constituted war materials? Have we altered our mind since then, and, if not, why cannot the Minister tell
|EXPORTS TO THE SOVIET UNION IN THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER, 1948|
|—||Unit of Quantity||Quantity||Value £'000|
|United Kingdom Exports—|
|Raw materials and articles mainly unmanufactured—|
|Iron ore and scrap||Ton||Nil||Nil|
|Non-ferrous metalliferous ores and scrap||Ton||Nil||Nil|
|Wool, raw and waste, and woollen rags||'000 lbs.||5,692||297|
|Other raw materials||Value||—||1|
|Articles wholly or mainly manufactured—|
|Iron and steel and manufactures thereof—|
|Railway and tramway construction material of all kinds||Ton||14,917||253|
|Other iron and steel manufactures||Ton||652||64|
|Non-ferrous metals and manufactures thereof||Value||—||4|
|Cutlery, hardware, implements and instruments||Value||—||161|
|Electrical goods and apparatus||Value||—||472|
|Boilers and boiler-house plant||Ton||5,089||804|
|Prime movers: Steam||Ton||327||244|
|Vehicles (including locomotives, ships and aircraft)—|
|Other parts (except magnetos)||Value||—||28|
|Arms, ammunition and military and naval stores||Value||—||Nil|
|All other articles||Value||—||364|
|Total, United Kingdom Exports||—||—||5,386|
|Sheeps' and Lambs' wool||'000 lbs.||11,412||1,855|
|Raw rubber, including crepe and latex||'000 lbs.||448||26|
|Non-ferrous metals and manufactures thereof||Value||—||Nil|
|All other articles||Value||—||547|
§ this House what are war materials and whether we have sent any to Russia?
§ Mr. Bottomley
His Majesty's Government know all the responsibilities involved and fully accept them.
§ Mr. Nutting
Will the Minister consult the legal advisers of the Foreign Office, who will give him a very good idea?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Will the Minister consider publishing a list of the capitalist concerns which are making profits out of this?
§ Following is the statement: