§ 63. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if he is aware that some few weeks ago 500 tons of sugar were offered to the Sugar Commissioners that was available in Lisbon; if he is aware that the Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the letter and regretted that the offer was of no interest to the Commission in view of the Royal Proclamation that no licence for importation could be granted in this case; if he is aware that the sugar in question was of excellent quality, and that one of the steamship liners was eager to secure the freight; and if he can give any reasons why the 500 tons of sugar in question was refused?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of FOOD CONTROL (Captain Bathurst)
I am informed by the Royal Commission on the Sugar Supply that 500 tons of sugar were lately offered to them from Lisbon. The offer was considered and declined by them, as its terms were less favourable than could be obtained for purchase of sugar in the open market.