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Colombian Coffee

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Food (1) what representations the Colombian Government have made regarding the establishment of a depot for Colombian coffee in London; and what observations on this project have been made by His Majesty's Government to the Colombian Government;(2), what facilities he has offered to the Colombian Government in order that they may establish a depot for Colombian coffee in London with a view to re-export to the Continent of Europe.

Arrangements have been made with the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia to enable them to establish an office in this country for the promotion of the sale of Colombian coffee to Europe, through London trade channels. Facilities have been provided by the Bank of England to cover exchange requirements. The Federation have made no request for a special depot, but are making use of ordinary public warehouses for the storing of their coffee. A request was received from the Federation that their London office should be recognised as an official dependency of the Colombian Embassy with similar privileges, but in view of the status of the office as a trading organisation this could not be conceded.