Rubber Industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons at on 4 May 1938.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies particulars of the present arrangements between the British and Dutch Governments for the production of and/or shipment of rubber from the possessions of either Government?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

The production of rubber in both the Netherlands East Indies and the main British producing territories is governed by the International Rubber Regulation Agreement, signed in 1934.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the reports still show that there is considerable distress in the rubber industry in British Possessions?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

I think that on the whole the International Agreement is working well.