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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr BEASLEY - I lay the following papers on the table : -

Sugar - International Agreement - Operative clauses of Protocol, signed in London. 22nd July, 1!)42.

This protocol was signed by the representatives of the Governments of the Union of South Africa, the Commonwealth of Australia, Brazil, Belgium, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, the Union of

Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United States of America, including the Philippines. The effect of the protocol is to give full force and effect to the original agreement as on and from the 1st September, 1937, and to extend the provisions of the agreement for a period of two years from the 3.1st August, 1942. The .International Sugar Agreement was of great value to world sugar producers before the war, and, although its operation during the war has been, and will continue to be, rather nominal, the maintenance of the agreement and the adherence thereto of as many contracting governments as possible, will probably ensure that Australia shall retain its basic export quota after the war.

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