HC Deb 20 June 1951 vol 489 c498
14. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what price, in English currency, is charged for Siamese rice sold on the ration in Hong Kong and Malaya; and what is the weekly ration of rice in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Federation of Malaya.

Mr. Dugdale

My right hon. Friend is obtaining the information in reply to the first part of the Question from the three governments and will send it to my hon. Friend as soon as it is received. The weekly rice ration is: Hong Kong, 67¼ ounces; Singapore, 79 ounces; Federation of Malaya, 77¾ ounces.

Mr. Awbery

In view of the fact that rice can be bought on the black market in any quantity, will not the Minister endeavour to increase the ration of rice in Malaya and Singapore?

Mr. Dugdale

That is a matter for the Malayan Government.