HC Deb 18 March 1937 vol 321 cc2251-2
49. Mr. Morgan

asked the Lord President of the Council which countries will participate in the International Sugar Conference; what proportion of the world's sugar output is produced by those countries which will not be represented; and which of those represented support the production of sugar within their territory by artificial means?

Mr. R. MacDonald

Invitations have been or are to be addressed to 23 countries to participate in the proposed International Sugar Conference. With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate the list in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I am not able to say how many have at present accepted the invitation. The production of the countries invited amounts to approximately 90 per cent. of total world production. I am not sure what my hon. Friend has in mind in using the term "artificial means," but if it includes protective duties, State assistance in some form is received by producers in all these countries, with the exception of the Netherlands East Indies, Peru and San Domingo.

Following is the list:

Union of South Africa, Italy,
Australia, Netherlands,
Belgium, Peru,
Brazil, Poland,
United Kingdom, Portugal,
Canada, San Domingo,
China, United States of America,
Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
Hungary, Yugoslavia.