HC Deb 13 June 1951 vol 488 c2272
5. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the compulsory cutting out of diseased cocoa trees has been resumed in the Gold Coast.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 6th June.

Mr. Reid

While I am aware of that reply, may I point out that my Question referred to what has been done since then? Is not my right hon. Friend aware that the whole economic life of the Gold Coast will be threatened unless these trees are cut out?

Mr. Griffiths

Yes, Sir. I think it is generally recognised by all concerned in the Gold Coast that so far no alternative has been found to cutting out. On the basis of a report submitted to me, it has been decided for the time being to abandon compulsory cutting out and to rely on the co-operation of the farmers. So far, the only remedy has been cutting out.

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