§ 9. Colonel WOODCOCK
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can give a reliable estimate of the world's consumption of lubber during the current year, and how much of this commodity is supplied by the British Empire?
§ 12. Colonel WOODCOCK
also asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the official Report received from the Straits Settlements that the recent regulation regarding unused coupons was the result of a compromise reached between the Malayan assessment committees and the advisory board in Great Britain, the former showing a majority in favour of cancellation; and if he can state whether the advisory board have reconsidered the matter?
§ Mr. AMERY
I have seen no such official Report. The recent decision with regard to export permits already issued, as distinct from permits to he issued after 1st of February next, was taken after consideration of the views of the Malayan committee, but was not a com promise on that question. I see no reason for re-consideration of the matter.
§ Colonel WOODCOCK
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this decision has given great dissatisfaction, and caused great uncertainty in the market?