HC Deb 07 October 1942 vol 383 c1233W
Mr. Riley

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement regarding the present food situation in the West Indian Colonies; and is anything being done to extend the cultivation of quick-growing dry grain crops such as maize and millets of various kinds?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement which I gave in the House on 29th July in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Consett (Mr. D. Adams). Since that date I am informed that the food supply situation has materially eased and immediate needs are being satisfactorily met. In addition, considerable advances are being made in the local production of foodstuffs, including the cultivation of maize and various millets including notably guinea corn, and also pulses and beans of many kinds.