HC Deb 04 July 1951 vol 489 cc222-3W
69. Mr. T. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far the State factory in Mauritius has been successful in making sacking from wild aloes to meet the shortage of jute.

Mr. Dugdale

The Government sack factory in Mauritius at present produces about one-sixth of the sacking requirements of the Colony's sugar industry.

Plans for a considerable expansion of output are in hand, but there are still a number of technical difficulties to be overcome before full use can be made of aloe fibre as a jute substitute.