HC Deb 07 July 1953 vol 517 c73W
Mr. Gower

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he will take to promote the import of tobacco from British Commonwealth territories, in order to restrict dollar expenditure on tobacco.

Mr. H. Strauss

The import of dollar tobacco is severely restricted on account of our balance of payments. This is a strong inducement to manufacturers to increase their use of tobacco from Commonwealth countries in the sterling area. United Kingdom manufacturers have bought increasing quantities of tobacco from the sterling area and my right hon. Friend expects this trend to continue.