Ceylon (Cement Manufacture)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1945.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00 am, 14th March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the manufacture of cement in Ceylon is to become a Government monopoly; if it is proposed to raise the import duties on cement; and what will be the estimated percentage increase in the purchase price of cement.

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I understand that the Ceylon Government propose to seek expert advice on the technical aspects of the establishment of cement manufacture in the island, and that until the expert's report is available to them no decision will be taken on protective duties or other questions of policy.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Do I understand from that reply that it is not anticipated that the making of cement shall be made a Government monopoly?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I think that all the hon. and gallant Gentleman can understand from the reply is that no decision has been or will be taken until an expert has reported.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is a shortage of cement in Ceylon now?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

Yes, there is in many places.