HC Deb 23 January 1918 vol 101 c1003W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if there is free trade in wool in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada; if he will state the prices paid for the wool in these countries; whether the Government have commandeered the wool in any of those countries; and, if so, will he state the price paid for the article?


By arrangement with the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand, His Majesty's Government purchased the balance of the 1916–17 Australasian wool clips and the whole of the 1917–18 clips on the basis of the 1913–14 prices, plus 55 per cent. No similar arrangements were made in Canada or South Africa.