The import of dollar tobacco has for many years been severely restricted because of balance of payments difficulties, and this policy will be maintained. The United Kingdom manufacturers have bought increasing quantities of tobacco from the sterling area, and I expect this trend to continue.
Is not the figure still disproportionate in view of the difficulties which we have with out import-export account? What can the right hon. Gentleman tell us about the development of the imports of tobacco from Rhodesia and other parts of the Commonwealth and Colonies to offset these difficulties?
I think the figures are quite satisfactory. Our imports of dollar tobacco in 1952, by weight, should be only 40 per cent. of those in 1938, while our imports of sterling area tobacco, again by weight, have nearly doubled since 1938. In 1952, the comparable figure should be about 170 per cent.
Would the President say whether, in considering sterling area tobacco, he included supplies from India and Pakistan? Could he say whether it is possible to get a Virginia type of tobacco from Yugoslavia and, if so, what steps have been taken to get this supply?