§ Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the Food Produce Working Committee in Malaya has recommended a co-operative method of marketing produce as a means of preventing further rises in prices; and what action he is taking to implement this recommendation.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
A Local Produce Working Committee, set up by the Singapore Government to consider Singapore's food supplies, has included in its recommendations the introduction of cooperative methods of marketing produce as a means of reducing prices.
This recommendation formed an integral part of a comprehensive scheme drawn up by the Committee. This scheme was, however, expressed in general terms. An officer has been appointed to undertake a thorough investigation into the implications of the scheme as a whole and submit detailed plans to the Singapore Government.