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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr FORDE asked the Prime Minister, upon notice - 1.Is it a fact that the budget in the House of Commons revealed that during the next five years preference to imported colonial sugar would be increased by1s. per cwt., and that a special supplementary preference of 1s. per cwt. on an unlimited quantity of sugar would be allocated by the Colonial Office among the sugar-producing colonies?

2.   As this is evidentlya preference given by the British Government to sugar from Crown colonics, where it is grown by black labour. us against white-grown sugar from the dominions, willhe make representations to the British Government to have the same preference extended to sugar from the dominions, and will he ask Australian delegates to the Ottawa Conference to bring up this question there ?

3.   Will he give consideration to the advisability of inviting the sugar industry to send a representative to Ottawa on the same terms on which other industries were invited to send representatives?

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