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Wednesday, 12 September 1928

Mr BRUCE - On the 30th August the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) asked the following questions: -

1.   What Were the total tonnage and value of importations made by Great Britain of (a) raw sugar, and (b) refined sugar, for the years 1926-27 and 1927-28?

2.   From what countries were these importations made, in what quantities, and at what price ?

3.   What was approximately the total amount of duty collected by the British Government on Australian sugar entering England for the years 1926-27 and 1927-28?

4.   Is it a fact . that Queensland could produce the whole of Great Britain's requirements of sugar if the necessary preference were given by the British Government? 5. (a) Has he read the recent statements made by Sir Benjamin Morgan, Chairman of the British Empire Producers' Association, indicating that he intended on his return to England to recommend to the British" Government that a greater measure of preference be given to Australian sugar?

(b)   Has the Federal Government made any recent representations to the British Government with a view to bringing this about; and, if so, will the papers be laid 'on the table of the House?

6.   What is the estimated value of Australia's tariff preference to British goods for the years 1926-27 and 1927-28?

7.   What is the estimated value of Great Britain's tariff preference to Australia's products for the years 1926-27 and 1927-28?

I am now able to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

1.   and 2. Trade statistics of the United

Kingdom are prepared for calendar years only. The following statement gives the importations for the calendar years 1926, 1927 and the first six months of 1928: -


3.   1926, £1,117,831; 1927, £610,237; 1928

(1st January, 1928, to 30th June, 1928), £490,366.

4.   Great Britain's total importations of sugar are over 1,500,000 tons annually. There is no doubt Australia's production could be very largely increased if sufficient inducement offered. 5. (a) and (&) The Government is unaware of any specific promise given by Sir Benjamin Morgan regarding representations he proposes to make to the British Government concerning increased preference to Australian sugar, but is aware that the Sugar Federation of the British Empire, of which Sir Benjamin Morgan is chairman, and with which Australian sugar producers are affiliated, has been pressing for some time for increased British preference on Empire sugar. This Government has on all proper occasions expressed its views to the British Government regarding preference to sugar and other exportable Australian products.

6.   1925-20, £7,981,172; 1926-27, £8,479,706.

Figures on which an estimate for 1927-28 could be made are not yet available.

7.   1925-26, £1,180,000; 1926-27, £772,000.

The last-mentioned estimates have been prepared from the Australian export figures for the periods indicated, the information not being available from the United Kingdom publications to hand. Figures on which an estimate for 1927-28 could be made are not yet available.

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