HC Deb 17 November 1936 vol 317 c1528W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether as an integral part of our overseas policy with the Colonies, his Department will encourage direct interworking and interlocking arrangements between producers of raw material and the factory users of such products at home; and whether he will suggest to overseas governors the desirability of promoting such a policy without delay?


I am not sure that I understand the precise nature of my hon. Friend's question. Such arrangements have for example been established between Dunlops and Dunlop Rubber plantations in Malaya, and between various grocery companies and certain tea companies. Several other examples could be given. Such arrangements appear to me to be matters for the businesses concerned rather than for Governments, but if my hon. Friend will let me know exactly what information he requires I will endeavour to supply it.