Oral Answers to Questions — Sierra Leone (Price Control)

– in the House of Commons on 11th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the rapid rise in the cost of foodstuffs and of goods in common use in Sierra Leone, he will recommend the Governor to institute the control of prices and thus mitigate the hardships prevalent in the Colony from rising prices?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Prices of foodstuffs and other goods are controlled in Sierra Leone, as in other Colonies, under the appropriate Defence Regulations. In addition, information and advice have been made available to all Colonies regarding means of mitigating the effects of the rising cost of living and the unavoidable reduction in supplies of consumption goods.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the local Press have indicated that considerable quantities of goods are not at controlled prices?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

To give a few examples of the control of goods in this Colony—rice, beef, mutton, vegetables and fruits, local palm oil, and milk, all these are subject to control Orders.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

What about articles of apparel?