HC Deb 06 June 1951 vol 488 c998
28. Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to draw the attention of rubber estates in Malaya to the fact that arms and armoured vehicles are available in this country for purchase by them.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The Rubber Growers Association in this country, and through them the United Planting Association in Malaya, are fully aware of the means of purchasing arms and armoured vehicles.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is at least one rubber estate in Malaya, with a head office in London, which is completely unaware that these arms and vehicles could be bought for their protection?

Mr. Griffiths

It is well known to the Association to which most of the estates belong. If there is an estate that does not know, I hope that this Question and answer will give them the information they require.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

In view of the fact that these estates and personnel are serving in this war, is it not undesirable that these people should have to pay for arms and vehicles with which they are taking part in what is, after all, our war?

Mr. Griffiths

That is another question.

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