HC Deb 03 March 1936 vol 309 cc1166-7
12. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what amounts were contributed, either from the Dominions or Colonial governments or other sources, during the three years ended 31st December, 1933, towards the cost of schemes in which the Empire Marketing Board had an interest; and what was the total cost to the Empire Marketing Fund over the same period?

Sir JAMES BLINDELL (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. The conditions under which grants were made from the former Empire Marketing Fund towards the cost of various schemes, and the forms in which other Governments and bodies interested contributed towards those schemes, varied so much that it would not be practicable to give information of the nature desired in a brief compass. I would, however, refer the hon. Member to the annual reports published under the auspices of the late Empire Marketing Board and in particular to the report of the Imperial Committee on Economic Consultation and Co-operation, 1933 (Cmd. 4335), pages 101–117 of which contain a summary of the grants made on the recommendation of the board for research and other schemes.


Can the hon. Gentleman say to what extent research schemes were financed by the Empire Marketing Board and the Overseas Trade Department?


I am afraid I cannot.