HC Deb 23 July 1952 vol 504 cc509-10
14. Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the reason for the non-disclosure of the value of exports of iron-ore and diamonds from Sierra Leone.

Mr. Lyttelton

Under an arrangement made in 1950 these figures are not published because they would reveal the trading position of individual commercial concerns.

Sir R. Acland

Would there be any harm in that? It is worth running a slight risk in order that we may know these most important figures.

Mr. Lyttelton

I might say to the hon. Baronet that I am not quite satisfied with this position. I am looking into it.

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