Rubber (Exports to U.S.A.)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 November 1949.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Ormskirk 12:00, 3 November 1949

At the tripartite discussions in Washington in September, the United States representatives stated that the United States Government was prepared to open to natural rubber a substantial additional area of competition, including a modification of the Government regulations relating to the consumption of synthetic rubber, and that it would review its stockpiling programme. Later in that month, the regulations were in fact relaxed so as to enable United States manufacturers, if they so desire, to use an additional 50,000 tons of natural rubber in 1950. The Bureau of Federal Supplies has also recently announced that it will consider offers for limited quantities of rubber for the stockpile.