§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the present position of food supplies in Gambia; whether adequate measures have been taken to ensure both a sufficient supply now and for the future and also that efficient organisation exists to secure proper distribution and control of prices.
§ Colonel Stanley
In the Gambia Protectorate steps have been taken during the last ten years to encourage the local production of foodstuffs and the situation of recent years has improved. The Township of Bathurst still depends to some extent on imported foodstuffs and difficulties of supply and transport have caused temporary shortages. I may add that the development plan for the Gambia envisages the cultivation of rice in the Protectorate on a scale to provide in full for the Bathurst market. I am satisfied that distribution and price control are adequately organised.