Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies (Chocolate and Sweet Manufacture).

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that in certain West Indian Islands there are abundant raw materials, coco beans, sugar, etc., for the manufacture of chocolate and sweets which are at present imported, encouragement is being given to the manufacture of these in the islands concerned?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

West Indian Governments were long ago urged to take all possible steps to reduce the dependence of the West Indies on imported foodstuffs of all kinds; and this would include the stimulating of local production of confectionery in so far as facilities existed or could be created for this purpose.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the Minister fully aware that the present situation is detrimental to local industries in the West Indies?