HC Deb 03 December 1941 vol 376 c1126
43. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to difficulties arising from the shortage of salt in Lagos and the complaint that the number of rationing centres is too small; whether, in particular, he is aware of the stampede for salt at Enugu where a young child lost his life; and whether he will make inquiries with a view to meeting the need more satisfactorily?

Mr. George Hall

I am aware that there has been some shortage of salt in Nigeria, but every effort is being made to expedite supplies, and I see no cause for alarm. My Noble Friend has received no reports that the numbers of rationing centres are too small or of any incident at Enugu.

Mr. Sorensen

Has my hon. Friend seen reports in Colonial papers regarding the alleged very small number of rationing centres in this area, and will he pay particular attention to the matter to see whether this can be remedied?

Mr. Hall

No, Sir, my attention has not been drawn to this matter, and the Governor has not made any mention of it.