HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 c1779W
Captain A. Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the present world price of sugar; how this compares with the average price obtaining during the month preceding the International Sugar Conference; and whether he is satisfied that this price is sufficient to enable sugar producers in the British West Indies, and sugar-growing Colonies, to conduct their business on a basis permitting them to pay adequate wages and to make reasonable profits?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The average price of standard foreign sugar in London during the month preceding the International Sugar Conference of 1937 was 6s. 7d. per cwt.; the average price during the month preceding the meeting of the International Sugar Council in July last was 5s. 2d.; the price at present is 5s. 10d. It is not possible to say definitely what price is satisfactory from the point of view of Colonial producers, since the conditions differ considerably in the various Colonies, but I certainly hope for a higher price than the present one.

Figures for the 12 months ended 30th September, 1938.
Recruiting area. Applicants to enlist. Rejected on physical and medical grounds.
Number. Percentage.
East Anglian 2,338 281 12
Home Counties 2,867 270 9
London 10,709 1,736 16
Northumbrian 3,924 738 18
West Riding 4,8l5 522 10
North Midland 3,180 486 15
Wessex (including Channel Islands) 4,215 436 10
South Midland 5,588 1,234 22
West Lancashire 7,270 1,451 20
East Lancashire 3,199 577 18
Welsh 2,967 407 13
Highland 2,390 6,231 381 1,244 l6 19
Lowland 3,841 863 22
Total—Great Britain. 57,303 9,382 16