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International Sugar Conference

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether, having regard to the forthcoming imperial conference at which the Ottawa agreements will be under review, he intends, on behalf of the sugar-producing Crown Colonies, to accept the invitation from the International Sugar Conference to send representatives to the meeting to be held in April?

His Majesty's Government propose to accept the invitation to the International Sugar Conference which has been issued under the auspices of the Bureau of the World Monetary and Economic Conference, and in accordance with the usual practice Colonial interests will be covered by the United Kingdom Delegation and will, of course, be one of the primary considerations of His Majesty's Government in the course of any such Conference. I might perhaps observe that the Ottawa Agreements contain no provisions on the subject of Colonial sugar and that it is contemplated that any questions arising out of those Agreements should be dealt with by discussions between the individual Governments affected as occasion arises rather than at the Imperial Conference.