HC Deb 06 August 1941 vol 373 cc1935-6
25. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of complaints being made in Nigeria respecting the effect of the high rate of railway freights in holding up internal trade in foodstuffs; and whether he will secure a reduction in the rates of foodstuffs, particularly in view of the general improvement of the railway position?

Mr. George Hall

I am not aware of the complaints to which my hon. Friend refers; but inquiry will be made of the Governor, and on receipt of his reply I will communicate with my hon. Friend again. In the meantime, perhaps my hon. Friend will let me know on what information his Question is based?

Mr. Sorensen

If my hon. Friend discovers that the difficulty to which I refer exists, will he take steps to secure a reduction in the freight charges?

Mr. Hall

We must await the information from the Governor before I can commit myself.

Mr. Mathers

In making his inquiry will the Minister take into account the possibility of competing road haulage rates?