HC Deb 29 March 1950 vol 473 cc46-7W
81. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that thousands of workers in field and factories in Jamaica are unemployed as a result of the contraction of 65 per cent. in sales of Jamaican cigars which occurred between 1947 and 1949, he will consult with the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a view to reducing the present very high rate of import duty, 64s. 9d. per 1b. preferential, in the United Kingdom, which is the main outlet for these cigars.

Mr. Griffiths

I am already in consultation with my right hon. and learned Friend on this matter.