§ Colonel BURTON
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware of the continuous decline in the imports into India from the United Kingdom; whether the boycott of British goods by the Bombay Corporation is still in existence; and whether any recent representations have been made to secure the removal of the boycott?
§ Sir S. HOARE
The value of the imports into India from the United Kingdom was nearly £3,000,000 greater in the year ending March, 1933, than in the previous year. It is true that in the six months ending September last there was a decline in comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year.928W
The proportion, however, of the whole import trade obtained by the United Kingdom arose from 35.5 to 36.8 per cent. in the first period and to 41.1 per cent. in the second. As regards the second part of the question, the position was explained by me on 29th May in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for South Kensington (Sir W. Davison).