The total supplies for 1953 were approximately 3,700,000 tons, of which about 1,440,000 tons came from Commonwealth countries, 662,000 tons from home-grown beet, 1,400,000 tons from dollar countries, and 198,000 tons from elsewhere. We expect Commonwealth supplies to increase by about 200,000 tons in 1954.
Direct comparison is difficult, but the cost of home sugar production is at present about the same as that 1455 of negotiated price sugar from the Commonwealth. I should point out that the average c.i.f. price of the latter is not £41 per ton, but £43 13s. 4d.