§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken by intensive research or official experimentation to see whether jute or other analogous fibres, local or otherwise, can be developed in East or West Africa and in the West Indian Colonies.
Mr. Creech Jones
The possibilities of cultivating jute or other analogous fibres in the Colonial Empire are under further examination. Research and experimentation, if needed, will be founded on the outcome of these investigations. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a memorandum recently prepared on the subject.