HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c16
15. Mr. Skeffington

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the nature of the expert advice being sought, as announced in paragraph 7 of Government of Tanganyika Paper No. 9 of 1958; and when, and in what form, Her Majesty's Government propose to publish this advice.

Mr. J. Amery

At the request of the Government of Tanganyika I have arranged with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for an officer of his Department, with experience of the operation of the Commonwealth and International Sugar Agreements, to visit East Africa. His advice will be available to the Tanganyika authorities in considering their future policy. I do not expect that he will submit a formal report.

Mr. Skeffington

Would the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there is some apprehension that the nature of the advice was to be purely commercial and that we are very glad to hear that it is not and that the paramount question here is the maximum production for the benefit of the people of Tanganyika?