HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 c18W
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.