§ 65. Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give the terms of reference of the Malayan Rubber Inquiry; how many constitute the committee; and to what extent the membership of the committee has been 66W agreed as acceptable to organised labour and to the producers.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
The terms of reference are to investigate:
- (1)taxation of the industry in relation to costs of production
- (2)the maintenance of existing capital in the industry and the attraction of fresh capital for development
- (4)the marketing and processing of smallholders' rubber
- unemployment in the industry in the event of a recession in price.
I am in consultation with the High Commissioner about its membership and will make a further statement at a later date.