HC Deb 15 June 1915 vol 72 c538
49. Mr. LOUGH

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the continued high prices of commodities, the Government can now see its way to permit the free import of sugar into the United Kingdom, except from enemy countries; and, if not, whether he will give a day for the promised discussion of this prohibition at a convenient interval after the Report of the Sugar Commission has been issued?


I am advised that the free import of sugar in the exceptional conditions which now exist would facilitate speculation and lead to a rise in price. So far as I am aware, no section of the sugar trade or any of the allied trades desires freedom of import at the present time. If my right hon. Friend is in possession of information which differs from mine on this subject I shall be glad to hear from him and to consider the question of a discussion in this House.


Is there any prospect of the Report of the Sugar Commission being issued?


There is no Report.