HC Deb 05 December 1951 vol 494 cc2374-5
21. Mr. Cyril Bence

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give the figures, quantity and value of vegetable oils and fats produced from Colonial Territories in the past 12 months.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The latest figures available are for the year ending 30th June, 1951.

Exports in this period were: oilseeds and copra 922,000 tons, vegetable oils 298,000 tons, total value £80 million.

I will arrange for more detailed figures to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the groundnuts scheme made any contribution to this total?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

A very modest one, compared with that of private enterprise.

Mr. E. Shinwell

Does not the vast amount of material produced in the Colonial Territories, as indicated by the right hon. Gentleman, justify the colonial policy of the late Government?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I do not quite see the application of what the right hon. Gentleman says. The promotion and production of raw materials is obviously a highly desirable objective, in which we are all engaged. The best way to do it may well evoke a certain amount of difference of opinion.

Following are the details of colonial exports of vegetable oils and oilseeds:

Commodity Year ending June, 1951
'000 tons £'000
Coconut Oil (i) 18 1,952
(ii) 55 8,060
Palm Oil (i) 222 17,575
(ii) 3 320
Copra (a) (i) 59 3,301
(ii) 106 9,437
Groundnuts (i) 275 15,158
Palm Kernels (i) 472 23,472
(ii) 10 687

Note:—(a) Excludes trade between the British West Indian Colonies.

'000 tons £'000
Vegetable Oils (i) 240 19,527
(ii) 58 8,380
298 27,907
Copra and Oilseeds (i) 806 41,931
(ii) 116 10,124
922 52,055
GRAND TOTALS 1,220 79,962