HC Deb 29 November 1926 vol 200 cc802-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) whether any time limit has been fixed for the validity of a rubber coupon issued to a small holder prior to 1st November, 1926;

(2) whether, seeing that the existence of unused rights and unused rubber coupons is presumably an indication that the persons who hold these rights have been over-assessed, he will say whether any system of reassessment is contemplated;

(3) whether a rubber estate having unused export rights in respect of, say, 10,000 lbs. of rubber, covering restriction periods prior to 1st November, 1926, and also having export rights in respect of, say, 8,000 lbs. of rubber for the current restriction period, is able to export its 8,000 lbs. during the six months' period November-April and to carry forward into the May-July period the still unused rights in respect of the 10,000 lbs?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Amery)

The answer to the first question is in the negative, and to the third in the affirmative. In regard to the second, reassessments of standard production take place annually in respect of the 12 months beginning 1st November, and it may be assumed that the authorities in Ceylon and Malaya will take into account, so far as is reasonable, the actual export figures of the different estates.


Does my right hon. Friend think the problem as a whole is better dealt with by allowing coupons in respect of release when the rate was 100 per cent. to be used when the rate of release is 70 or even 60 per cent.?


We have to consider all the facts of the case.