HC Deb 11 March 1942 vol 378 cc1044-5
27. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any steps have yet been taken to set up a control board to regulate the West African palm kernel export trade; and, if so, whether he can state the prices which it is proposed to authorise?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

The question of the establishment of a board to control the production and export of certain agricultural products, including palm kernels, from West Africa is being actively pursued. I do not anticipate, however, that as the result only of the establishment of a board there will be any substantial change in the prices paid to the growers for palm kernels.

Mr. Harvey

May we anticipate that there will be a stabilisation of prices, which will be greatly in the interests of the growers?

Mr. Macmillan

Yes, Sir. That is already going on.