HC Deb 20 June 1951 vol 489 c494
26. Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking to secure the maximum contribution from the Colonial Territories of raw materials in scarce supply.

Mr. Dugdale

Colonial Governments are fully aware of the raw materials situation, and, where necessary, His Majesty's Government are willing to help them to secure additional finance, capital equipment or labour required for increased production. Production is also encouraged by the offer of long term contracts by U.K. Government purchasing agencies where that appears desirable.

Sir I. Fraser

Did the Colonial Office make strong representations at the Torquay Conference in favour of Imperial Preference, which enriches both the Colonies and the Mother country?

Mr. Dugdale

That seems to me to be quite another question.