Mr. M. MacDonald
The value of un-manufactured tobacco, stripped and un-stripped, imported into the United Kingdom from Southern Rhodesia in the 12 months ended 31st March, 1937, was £602,831. I should see great difficulty as regards the suggestion made in the second part of my hon. and learned Friend's question. I would remind him that tobacco grown within the Empire receives a preference of over 2s. per lb. on importation into the United Kingdom.
I think the best tribute that can be paid to the quality of Empire tobacco is the fact that during the last dozen years the consumption of it has gone up by more than three times.