HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 c191
37. Mr. R. Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will consider making approaches to the Government of Liberia with a view to joint action for the controlling of illicit diamond mining on the Liberian-Sierra Leone frontier.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir. I will consider the hon. Member's suggestion in consultation with the Government of Sierra Leone and with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Mr. J. Johnson

Is not it a fact that the loss is due not so much to illicit diamond mining, as such, as to diamond smuggling? Will the Minister look into that point also?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think that that is the larger factor.