HC Deb 24 May 1950 vol 475 cc2041-2
24. Mr. Donner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the concern felt by the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and other similar institutions in the West Indies regarding the consequences of the increased restrictions upon dollar imports from Canada imposed with little regard for established trade ties; and whether he will give an assurance that these restrictions are not such as to endanger Canadian-West Indian shipping communications by so reducing the volume of freight as to render this unremunerative.

Mr. Dugdale

I know that the unavoidable restrictions imposed on Canadian and other dollar imports into the West Indies have caused some concern to the local chambers of commerce. I am not aware that the volume of freight between the West Indies and Canada has been reduced by these restrictions to the extent the hon. Member suggests.

Mr. Donner

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these import control regulations have apparently been drawn up with very little regard to availability of supply?

Mr. Dugdale

No, I do not think that is the case.

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