asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the depressed condition of the rubber industry and the consequent loss of revenue to the Colonies, the Government have taken any action in considering the possibility of extending the use of this commodity?
I have been asked to reply to this question. The trade in rubber manufactured goods was recently surveyed by the Imperial Economic Committee, to whose 14th Report I would refer the hon. Member. Active measures are in the competent hands of various unofficial bodies, one of which, the Rubber Manufacturers Research Association, is in receipt of a Government grant.