HC Deb 28 November 1945 vol 416 cc1300-1
17. Colonel Erroll

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the accounts of the Government-owned colliery in Nigeria are kept on a commercial basis; and if the undertaking has been run at a profit since its inception.

Mr. George Hall

Up till now the accounts of this colliery have not been kept on a commercial basis, but it is proposed to put them on to a commercial basis as soon as the necessary accounting staff can be obtained. I have not the figures relating to profits since its inception but the most recent returns indicated a profit.

Colonel Erroll

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to give an assurance that all the overheads, including such matters as leave passages for British personnel, are included in the future accounts?

Mr. Hall

That is a matter which will be considered when the accounting staff is appointed.

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