HC Deb 19 November 1928 vol 222 c1400W

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, how much of the fall in Malayan revenues is attributable to the diminution in the rubber export duty subsequent to the decision taken last April by His Majesty's Government to remove restrictions; whether a fall in revenue was anticipated by His Majesty's Government when taking their decision; and was the Government of the Straits Settlements consulted as to this aspect of the question?


I regret that I am not in a position to supply the desired figures. It was obvious that a fall in the price of rubber, from whatever cause, would lead to a fall in Malayan revenues. The Governor of the Straits Settlements —as well as representative unofficial bodies—was given the opportunity of expressing his views on the future of rubber exports restriction from every aspect.