HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 c348
25. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recommendations he has received concerning the gold mines in the Gold Coast which would enable them to increase the gold production and help bridge the gap in our dollar deficit with the United States of America; and what action he has taken on such recommendations.

Mr. Creech Jones

I have received no such recommendations.

Mr. Teeling

Is the right hon. Gentleman really suggesting that he has no information at all, either himself or from the Gold Coast Government, on the subject of trying to improve the production of gold; and does he not know that at least 35 million dollars could be provided, and that the Americans will not feel very happy if we do not do something about it?

Mr. Creech Jones

The hon. Gentleman has asked me a completely different question. I have replied to his Question to the effect that the recommendations to which he refers have not been made to me.

Mr. Keeling

I beg to give notice that, subject to your approval, Mr. Speaker, I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment tomorrow week.

Mr. Gallacher

Why does not the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling) leave it to his spiritual friend?