HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 c1110
87. Captain Crowder

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken, other than those by the Empire Cotton Growing Association, to encourage the production of U.S. type cotton in territories under the Crown.

Mr. Belcher

The Government of India are continuing to encourage the production of United States type cotton with considerable success, but it is used principally in India itself. In British East and West Africa, the United Kingdom Government since the beginning of 1943 has underwritten the cotton crops up to and including the first postwar crop. Substantial quantities of cotton have come to the United Kingdom under these arrangements.

Captain Crowder

Will the Minister do what he can to encourage production within the Empire so that dollars will not have to be found to purchase this commodity?

Mr. Belcher

We will certainly look into that.

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