§ Major PRESCOTT
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give the total exports and selling price per ton of cement in 1913, as compared with the total exports and selling price 78W per ton in 1919; if the export of cement is increasing or decreasing at the present time; and, if the former, what steps are being taken to ensure an adequate supply for works of public utility in this country?
§ Sir R. HORNE
The total exports from the United Kingdom of cement for building and engineering purposes during the years 1913 and 1919, and for each completed quarter of the present year, together with the total value and the average value per ton for each of the periods, are shown in the statement given below. The exports for 1919 and for the first three quarters of the present year show a steady increase. I am informed, however, that there is at the same time a very substantial increase in output, and that the whole position, and particularly the relation between output and exports, is being carefully watched:
STATEMENT. EXPORTS OF CEMENT FROM THE UNITED
Period. Quantity. Value f.o.b. Average-declared value per ton. Tons. £ s. d. 1913 747,736 1,273,080 34 6 1919 385,526 2,050,336 106 4 1920— 1st Quarter 130,771 713,370 109 1 2nd " 149,770 848,547 113 4 3rd " 174,055 1,078,847 124 0