HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 cc1052-3
60. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement concerning the present operation of the cocoa pool agreement: and what steps he is taking to meet the dissatisfaction among native farmers and traders arising therefrom, and the measure of active discontent now operating?

70. Mr. Graham White

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement about the present difficulties of the cocoa trade on the Gold Coast?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I made a short statement on this subject in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Mr. Liddall) on 16th December, and the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 22nd December. There is little change in the situation to report. The farmers in Nigeria have continued to sell their cocoa freely, and the farmers in the Gold Coast with very few exceptions have held their cocoa up.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the right hon. Gentleman himself promoting any action in this respect? Is he in communication with the Governors of the Gold Coast and Nigeria?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Yes, Sir, I am, and I hope to make a further statement on this soon.