HC Deb 17 March 1955 vol 538 cc1436-7
19. Mr. Russell

asked the Chancellor of he Exchequer, in view of the great success of the former Empire Marketing Board, if he will consider, in conjunction with the Secretaries of State for the Colonies and for Commonwealth Relations, the desirability of re-establishing his organisation in order to encourage United Kingdom consumers to buy more Commonwealth produce.

Mr. H. Brooke

Today there are other ways in which the work of the former Empire Marketing Board is being done. and, accordingly, I do not think there is a case for re-establishing it.

Mr. Russell

Is my hon. Friend quite satisfied with the way this work is being one compared with the way in which it was done by the Empire Marketing Board many years ago?

Mr. Brooke

The work is being done by producers' marketing organisations, by the Economic Intelligence Establishment of the Commonwealth Economic Committee and the Colonial Products Laboratory. I would say that those organisations are doing their work excellently, but if my hon. Friend has any suggestions to put to me on the subject, no doubt he will do so.