HC Deb 14 December 1955 vol 547 cc1194-5
12. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many tons of groundnuts are waiting clearance by rail from the Northern Region of Nigeria.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Last season's crop of 395,000 tons was cleared by mid-October. Of this season's crop, estimated at 425,000 tons, some 44,000 tons had been cleared by early December. A small amount will be moved by river, and it is planned to clear the remainder by rail over the next eleven months. Movement at present is ahead of schedule.

Mr. Tilney

Will my right hon. Friend congratulate the management of the Nigerian Railways on doing an excellent job?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I shall be delighted to do that.

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