§ 62. Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what estimate has been made by Her Majesty's Government, by the West Indian Governments and producers concerned, of the ability of the West Indian citrus industry to compete with the much larger United States industry in the light of dollar trade liberalism; and what measures are proposed in order to safeguard the West Indian industry.112W
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The ability of the West Indian citrus industry to compete with other producers is not a matter on which it is possible to make precise estimates. It is, of course, among the factors which need to be taken into account in considering appropriate methods of providing reasonable safeguards for the future of the industry in the present changing circumstances of international trade. I am examining this question closely but regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement on any measures to be taken.