HC Deb 16 October 1940 vol 365 cc717-8W
Sir L. Lyle

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether in view of the substantial Canadian exchange profit by shipments of Jamaican sugar to that Dominion, he will arrange for the exchange authority in Jamaica to take a more broadminded view in regard to the purchase from Canada of commodities indispensable to sugar production, at present unobtainable in this country.

Mr. George Hall

The Canadian dollar resources under the control of His Majesty's Government, which include those earned by sales of Colonial produce, are strictly limited and must be used to the best advantage to promote our war effort. It is not compatible with this overriding consideration to give specially favourable consideration to a particular Colonial sugar industry, because its sugar goes to Canada and not, as does most Colonial sugar, to this country. The authorities in Jamaica, as in other Colonies, have instructions to make exchange available to pay for any supplies which it is essential to import from Canada.

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