HC Deb 24 October 1940 vol 365 cc1165-6W
Sir L. Lyle

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will cause the present prohibition on the importation of Canadian and American fertilisers into Jamaica to be removed, in view of the fact that such fertilisers are essential to the production of sugar and that it is not possible to obtain supplies in this country?

Mr. George Hall

The question of supplies of fertilisers for the sugar industry has been carefully considered in consultation with the Governors of the Colonies concerned, and, having regard to the actual supply position in the Colonies and the paramount necessity for conserving dollar resources, it has not been found possible to authorise the immediate expenditure of dollars on such fertilisers. The position will, however, be reviewed at a later date when present supplies are nearing exhaustion.