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Commodity Prices (Subsidies)

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 18 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies which West Indian Colonies are subsidising foodstuff prices; what sums have been voted for this purpose; and what amounts have been expended by each Colony to the latest convenient date?

The price of certain essential commodities is being subsidised in thefollowing colonies:—Barbados, British Honduras, British Guiana, Jamaica and Trinidad. Exact and completely up-to-date figures regarding expenditure under this head are not available. The following are, however, the latest estimates received of the cost to 31st December, 1942, in respect of a period of approximately six months:

£
Barbados.22,000
British Honduras6,000
British Guiana60,000
Jamaica100,000
Trinidad60,000
Making a total of about248,000