Oral Answers to Questions — African Colonies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14 December 1949.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West 12:00, 14 December 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the export of coconuts, pineapples and other fruits, palm oil and kernels from West African Colonies is now increasing and is not subject to any restriction; and what action has been taken to secure improvement in quality and packing.

Mr. Creech Jones:

The answer to the first part of the Question is broadly in the affirmative. Exports of palm oil and kernels are centralised through statutory marketing boards. Action is being taken where necessary to improve the quality of produce exported.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Would my right hon. Friend answer the middle portion of my Question? Are there any restrictions about the export of these foodstuffs?

Mr. Creech Jones:

I am not aware of any. It is all done through the marketing boards.

Photo of Squadron Leader Samuel Segal Squadron Leader Samuel Segal , Preston

Would my right hon. Friend be prepared to give special encouragement to co-operative marketing of these products?

Mr. Creech Jones:

That is already given. Trading procedure is that cooperatives now function through the marketing board which was set up by the Governor.

Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Taunton

Does that mean that these commodities are imported under open general licence, and, if so, can my right hon. Friend say whether his Department can give any assistance to intending importers?

Mr. Creech Jones:

I should like to have notice of that question because there are so many reservations in regard to these trade matters.