West Africa (Cocoa Exports).

Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies. – in the House of Commons on 18th May 1938.

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Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the amount, in weight and value, of the exports of cocoa from British West Africa during each of the last three years and for the current year to date; what steps he intends to take to meet the situation; and whether he has any further statement to make on the subject?

Mr. MacDonald:

As the answer to the first part of the question involves tables of figures, I will, with the hon. and learned Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. With regard to the remainder of the question, I have nothing to add to the statement made by my predecessor on 4th May in reply to questions by the right hon. Member for Hillsborough (Mr. Alexander).

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Will the right hon. Gentleman apply his mind to the distress in this country due to the fact that there has been a falling off in exports from West Africa which is having repercussions on the trade between this country and West Africa?

Mr. MacDonald:

I understand that the position in regard to exports from West Africa is satisfactory at the moment, and no doubt the hon. and learned Member knows that there is a commission of

Exports of Cocoa from the British West African Colonies.
Colony, etc.1935.1936.1937.1938.
Quantity in tons.Value£Quantity in tons.Value£Quantity in tons.Value in £.Quantity in tons.Value in £.
Gold Coast268,8905,203,959311,1517,659,743232,5389,893,99716,896Not known
(Jan.-April)
Nigeria88,1421,583,82780,5131,997,418103,1263,655,87344,190808,495
(Jan.-March)
Sierra Leone1642,0433015,5422658,8301492,236
(Jan.-Feb.)
Total357,1966,789,829391,9659,662,703335,92913,558,700