HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 c1189
58. Dr. Segal

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the projected increase in banana production in the Cameroons during the next 12 months.

Mr. Creech Jones

The target for 1949 is 5,000,000 stems of bananas, an increase of 1,000,000 stems over 1948 exports.

Dr. Segal

Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that there will be ample refrigeration space available for bringing these bananas to England, so that none will be allowed to rot on the quay, as has happened on previous occasions?

Mr. Creech Jones

I have had no information to that effect.

Mr. H. D. Hughes

Can the Minister say whether the Cameroons Development Corporation have been given the security of a long-term contract?

Mr. Creech Jones

Not yet, but we shall purchase all their supplies for 1949, and we are considering future contracts.

Mr. A. Edward Davies

Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that account is being taken of the prices in relation to what is being paid for Jamaican bananas?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, certainly.

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