HC Deb 06 December 1926 vol 200 cc1650-1
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?


The most reliable estimate that I can give of the purchase of rubber by manufacturers for the current year is approximately 550,000 tons. Empire territories produce 60 to 65 per cent. of the estimated world's production of rubber for the same period.

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?


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.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this decision has given great dissatisfaction, and caused great uncertainty in the market?


I am afraid there is no decision that would not give some dissatisfaction.


Has the right hon. Gentleman yet received figures as to the amount of rubber stored against these unused coupons?


I promise my hon. Friend to let him have them as soon as I have got them.

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