Mr. M. MacDonald:
The interim report referred to by the hon. Member dealt only with the steps taken by the Governor of the Gold Coast to make known the Commission's recommendations and the first reactions of the farmers and chiefs to these recommendations. Before making any statement in the matter, I propose to await the receipt of the Governor's final recommendations.
Mr. Creech Jones:
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has submitted, or will submit forthwith, the report of the Commission on the Cocoa Dispute in the Gold Coast to the Colonial Marketing Board for their observations; and whether he will submit their observations to this House?
Copies of the Cocoa Commission's Report have been sent to the Colonial Empire Marketing Board, but I have not so far considered it necessary to invite their observations. The board would no doubt prefer to defer their observations until the report of the committee appointed by the Governor of the Gold Coast has been received. The second part of the question does not therefore at present arise.
Mr. Creech Jones:
Will the right hon. Gentleman favourably consider the desirability of obtaining the views of such a representative body as the board, and further, will he do all in his power to speed up the sittings of the committee, since the delay is causing considerable anxiety in certain industrial parts of the country?
I understand that the committee is already sitting and has been working for some time. As to the first part of the question, I should certainly be anxious to get the opinions of this board, but I think they themselves would prefer to consider the report in conjunction with the report of the committee in the Gold Coast.