§ 90. Mr. Skinnard
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will abolish any restrictions at present placed by his Department on the development of new markets for the products of the confectionery industry of Jamaica.
Mr. Creech Jones
I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the limitations placed on the quantity of sugar for confectionery manufacture which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food makes available from his purchases of the Jamaican crop. As long as the world supplies of sugar remain critically short the allocation of sugar for such purposes has to be restricted. At my request, however, a special allowance of sugar for the development by Jamaica manufacturers of local markets in the Caribbean area has been92W made available. But I have not felt that I could support an allowance to cover exports to the U.S. and Canada.