HC Deb 21 May 1947 vol 437 cc2319-20
44. Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has considered the possibility of growing groundnuts in any part of the British West Indies.

Mr. Creech Jones

Groundnuts are frequently grown in the West Indies for local consumption. I do not see much oppor- tunity of early development for export without interference with other export crops.

Mr. Gammans

Will the right hon. Gentleman arrange for a scientific investigation in British Guiana and British Honduras and see if it is not possible to start a similar scheme to that in East Africa in view of the fact that there is plenty of labour available in those places?

Mr. Creech Jones

A mission is shortly going to British Guiana and Honduras under the Chairmanship of Sir Geoffrey Evans and this point is being examined.

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