HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 c207W
Colonel Ponsonby

asked the President of the Board of Trade why Cyprus tobacco is excluded from the arrangement under which manufacturers are permitted to withdraw Greek, Turkish, Rumanian, Yugoslav and other Oriental tobacco over and above quota withdrawals; and whether he is aware that this discrimination against a British Colony is calculated to add further strength to the enosis movement.

Mr. H. Wilson

The amount of Cyprus tobacco consumed in this country is extremely small and there are certain administrative difficulties in the way of including it in the general exemption from quota of oriental tobacco of Greek, Turkish and other Balkan origin. The matter is however under review and I will let the hon. and gallant Member know as soon as possible what is decided.

No. of firms. Actual employment al 30th June, 1948 Estimated ultimate additional employment.
Men. Women. Total. Men. Women. Total.
New factories completed 7 222 1,075 1,297 670 1,880 2,550
Extensions completed 6 426 155 581 89 50 139
New factories under construction 4* 736 249 985
Extensions under construction 8 422 240 662
TOTAL 25 648 1,230 1,878 1917 2,419 4,336
*One of these is a factory being built for the Disabled Persons Employment Corporation.