§ Mr. LINFIELD
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the East African Governments have abolished all export duties on skins shipped from East African ports; whether the Nigerian Government still retains a duty of ½d. to 1½d. per pound on the export of skins and hides from Nigerian ports; and whether, in view of the handicap to trade which these duties constitute, he will urge upon the Governor of Nigeria the advantage of an early abolition of export duties on all hides and skins?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative. In view of the financial position in Nigeria, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies is unable to urge the Governor to abolish these export duties.