HC Deb 11 June 1940 vol 361 c1145
77. Mr. Lipson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the concern felt by the repeal of the Ordinance of 1930, which was designed to secure the prohibition of the importation of gin to the Gold Coast; and will he reconsider reimposing the prohibition?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)

Yes, Sir. My Noble Friend and his predecessor have received representations on this subject. A reduction of the import quota for 1941 is now under consideration by the Governor. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which was given to the hon. Member for Coatbridge (Mr. Barr) on 21st February, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Lipson

Is my hon. Friend not aware that this prohibition was in the best interests of the native population and was imposed at the request of the paramount chief, and will he reconsider the question with a view to imposing the prohibition once more?

Mr. Hall

My hon. Friend will see the replies to that Supplementary in the answer I have referred to, that is, 21st February.