HC Deb 23 June 1931 vol 254 cc231-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement as to the progress of negotiations with the Dutch Government with a view to instituting some measure to control exports of rubber; and whether the British Government will take all necessary steps to safeguard the interests of British producers in British Possessions, especially in the matter of establishing an embargo by the respective Governments on extension of plantings by native producers?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Dr. Drummond Shiels)

No official negotiations with the Dutch Government are in progress, and no proposal for an embargo on extension of plantings by native producers is being discussed with them.


Will the Secretary of State, in the interests of British planters, see that any proposals the Dutch Government may make are likely to be carried out?


If and when the occasion arises, the Secretary of State will take the point mentioned by the hon. Member into consideration.

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