Oral Answers to Questions — Far East (Rubber Prices)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what discussions have taken place at an official level with the Government of the United States of America regarding the political effects in the Far East of the low price of rubber.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

The situation in the Far East is a matter on which, as in other matters of common concern, constant contact is maintained with the United States Government, and the consequences of the low price of rubber are, of course, a factor to which full consideration is given.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Will the hon. Gentleman say what he meant in this House a week ago when he said it would be quite impossible to maintain security in the Far East if rubber fell any further and went on to say, I hope that those who are concerned in this matter will realise that I mean what I say …?"—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th July, 1949; Vol. 467, c. 1509.] To whom was that addressed?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

It was addressed to those concerned in this matter.