HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 c2309W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether further consideration has been given to West African cocoa production: what is now the quantity produced and its disposal; and whether attention is being given to desirable post-war conditions for this industry?

Colonel Stanley

The production of cocoa in West Africa is approximately on pre-war levels. Of the total production for last season, just over one-third has been exported up to the end of June, and substantial shipments are expected to continue. Of cocoa exported, approximately 45 per cent. came to the United Kingdom, 45 per cent. was sent to North America, and the remainder to other parts of the British Empire and Switzerland. A review of the future of this industry is in progress, not only for British West Africa, but regarding the Colonies as a whole.