To meet the situation to which my hon. Friend refers, the West Indian Governments have taken energetic measures to restrict their imports of rice by increasing the local production of rice and of other substitute foodstuffs. To provide for the balance of their essential requirements the whole of the exportable surplus of 25,000 tons of rice from British Guiana is being allocated to the West Indian Colonies, and further supplies will be made available from other neighbouring countries.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there have recently been riots, both in Jamaica and in the Bahamas, because of the shortage of rice and other foodstuffs, and has he any schemes in contemplation for meeting the difficulty?
Yes, Sir; the schemes are described in my reply, but, as my hon. Friend knows, there are two problems involved: first, the increase of production in the different islands, and secondly, shipping the goods from one island to another.