§ Lieut-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
asked the President of the Board of Trade the reasons for his intention to allow the import of 80,000 tons of synthetic rubber in 1957 as against 70,000 tons in 1956 ; what representations he has received from Malaya expressing dissatisfaction with this intention; and whether reconsideration will be given to it.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
The level of imports of synthetic rubber authorised for 1957 takes account of our manufacturers' estimate of increased requirements of the general purpose type. This follows the Government's policy towards imports of synthetic rubber, which as my right hon. Friend the Minister of State explained in his reply to the right hon. Member for84W but it is a long document and I cannot yet say when it will be ready for publication.