HC Deb 07 April 1959 vol 603 c11
17. Miss Vickers

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what causes he ascribes the rise in United Kingdom exports to Nigeria; and what steps the Government is taking to increase such exports further.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Nigeria is a developing country and, except for a setback in 1957, her imports have been steadily growing. We have shared in this increase, but we are now meeting growing competition. I toured Nigeria in March, 1958, and as a result of my recommendation our Trade Commissioner staff there has since been strengthened. New offices are being opened at Enugu and Kaduna and a third office will eventually be opened at Ibadan.

Miss Vickers

While congratulating all concerned, may I ask whether, in view of the fact that Nigeria will shortly become independent, there will be no technical hitches in continuing this export trade?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I see no reason for that. It was, in fact, in anticipation of independence that I recommended that our Trade Commissioner staff should be strengthened.