HC Deb 15 May 1958 vol 588 cc582-3
27. Mr. N. Pannell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the export crop of groundnuts in Nigeria for the season 1957–58, and the price per ton paid at railhead, compared with the figures for the previous season.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

About 600,000 tons—after meeting the needs of the local oil-crushing industry—compared with about 270,000 tons in 1956–57. The price at railhead for special grade groundnuts was £38 9s. per ton compared with £36 19s. in 1956–57, but the standard grade price has remained at £33 9s. per ton for the two years.

Mr. Pannell

Was the Groundnut Stabilisation Fund drawn upon in order to pay these prices?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd


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