HC Deb 24 July 1929 vol 230 cc1284-5
39. Mr. AYLES

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can see his way to enlarge the African Liquor Control Committee by giving representation to temperance organisations interested in the promotion of temperance among native races?


The functions of the Committee in question are merely to advise upon the quality of gin when it is sought to add any particular brand to the approved Schedule of admissible brands of patent-still gin, and in the circumstances it is difficult to see what advantage would be gained by adding representatives of organisations which can have no practical experience of gin manufacture or marketing. I might add that the Committee now very rarely meets, as applications for adding any new brands are infrequent.


Is my hon. Friend aware that in 1920 there were 125,000 gallons of spirits imported into the Gold Coast and that in 1928 there were 1,164,000 gallons imported, and does he not consider that an unsatisfactory state of affairs?