HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 c215W
83. Mr. Oliver

asked the President of the Board of Trade, having regard to the dollar situation, what steps are being taken to increase the growth and manufacture of Empire tobacco; and what efforts are being made to encourage its consumption in this country.

Mr. Bottomley

Discussions have taken place between United Kingdom tobacco manufacturers and growers in the most important tobacco-producing Colonial territories with a view to assuring the growers that there will be a market here for the increased supplies we need from them. Increasing supplies of tobacco of suitable quality and price from these sources are readily taken up by the manufacturers here, and there is no need for special measures to stimulate consumption.