HC Deb 28 July 1949 vol 467 cc174-5W
Mr. Digby

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the cuts in the imports of American raw cotton, he will examine urgently the possibility of substituting the production of short staple for long staple cotton in Uganda, in order that some of the large crop from this area can be manufactured in the United Kingdom, instead of being sent to other countries.

Mr. Creech Jones

This possibility has already been thoroughly examined and I am satisfied that, owing to technical and other difficulties, it is not practicable. Even so, a substantial proportion of the crop is used for manufacture in the United Kingdom.