§ Mr. W. Fletcher
asked the Minister of Food what are the latest prospects for exports of rice from Burma; and whether the rice ration in Malaya is now likely to be affected by dangers to such exports arising from the unsettled conditions in Burma.
§ Mr. Strachey
Exports from Burma during January and February have been maintained at a satisfactory level but the prospects for March must be regarded as uncertain. Fortunately, however, exports from Siam are coming out in very good volume and Malaya's stock position, together with supplies actually in sight, is sufficiently good to avoid any danger to the rice ration in the immediate future. A continuance of the disturbed state of Burma during the next month or two, when shipments should be at their peak, might, however, give cause for anxiety about the ration later in the year.