I made it clear to Dr. Perera that, if they were given the chance, British enterprise and investment could continue to make an important contribution to the economy of Ceylon, including the important export-earning tea industry.
Will the right hon. Gentleman point out to the Government of Ceylon that the high taxation, particularly the new wealth tax which is retrospective, is having a bad effect on the maintenance of tea gardens and will be likely to affect the export of tea in future?
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the balance of trade between this country and Ceylon is greatly in favour of Ceylon and that there are many widows of those who helped to build up the economy of Ceylon who are entirely dependent on dividends they receive from Ceylon?
The fact that Ceylon's trade with Britain is in her favour makes all the more regrettable the measures recently taken by the Ceylon Government to restrict invisible payments, so large a part of which normally come to Britain.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Ceylon Government have put pressure on tea companies not to pay dividends out of funds which have accrued and are at present in London?