HC Deb 24 February 1954 vol 524 c381
34. Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the present selling price of Kenya sisal; and what is the present rate of African wages on the sisal plantations.

Mr. Lyttelton

The price in London varies between £71 and £100 per ton c.i.f. according to quality. Of this, about £12 is the cost of freight and insurance. The lowest wage paid on the sisal estates is 60s. per month with free rations, housing, medical attention and welfare, together with bonuses for extra work performed.

Mr. Hynd

Does the 60s. include the additional amenities or not?

Mr. Lyttelton

The 60s. is the cash.