HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc951-2
57. Mr. W. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Food the total amount of rice shipped from Siam during June, 1946.

Mr. Strachey

Thirty-nine thousand, two hundred tons.

Mr. Fletcher

In view of the fact that 36,000 tons was the figure shipped in the previous month and that since then a new agreement has been signed which, we are told, should produce more, and in view of the vital need for this rice in India and Malaya, will a bigger effort be made to get a bigger flow of this rice to increase the amount available in countries where its arrival will prevent starvation on a large scale?

Mr. Strachey

One could not exaggerate the importance of increasing the flow of Siamese rice at the moment, but the figure is rising, and the new agreement was hardly operating during this-period. We will certainly watch the increase with the greatest possible care and take whatever steps are necessary.