§ 116. Sir J. Barlow
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps the Government have taken, in view of the shortage of edible oils, to increase the production and export of Malayan palm oil; and when compensation will be paid to producers to enable the industry to regain its efficiency.
Mr. Creech Jones
The Malayan Union Government are, of course, giving the industry whatever practical assistance is possible and arrangements have been made in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food for a bulk purchase of the entire exportable production up to 30th June, 1948, at 400 dollars per ton. With regard to the second part of the Question it will not be possible for the Malayan Union Government to consider the question of payment of compensation for war damage until after the report of the War Damage Claims Commission which is shortly to be set up has been received. In view of the delay thus involved, an application by representatives of the industry for financial aid is under consideration.