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Sugar Industry (Commission Of Inquiry)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give details of the extent of indebtedness against small sugar planters in Mauritius; and if steps are to be taken for the rehabilitation of this industry.

Complete and detailed information as to the indebtedness of small sugar planters in Mauritius is not available as much of the credit obtained by them is from private sources. It is estimated, however, that some 26½ million rupees is owed by the small planters in respect of loans by the Government, the Co-operative Credit Society and the banks. Considerable funds have been provided for the immediate needs of the sugar industry and I invite reference to the reply to the Member for Leyton, West (Mr. Sorensen) on 19th December, 1945. I am now endeavouring to arrange for a Commission of Inquiry into the Mauritius sugar industry to visit the Colony. Any measures for the further rehabilitation of the industry would depend upon this Commission's recommendations.