§ Mr. Hale
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a substantial quantity of tobacco is available for importation from Queensland; and whether he is prepared to negotiate with the Governments of Australia and Rhodesia for the importation of additional quantities of tobacco with a view to reducing the drain on our dollar reserve.
§ Sir S. Cripps
The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." Australia imports but does not export tobacco. The Queensland crop provides only a very small part of Australia's usage. Arrangements have already been made to take as much of the Rhodesian crop as can be made available to this country.