HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c134W
131. Sir R. Glyn

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action has been taken by his Department in consultation with the Colonial Office to restrict the export of goatskins from Nigeria; and if it was with his authority it was announced that the shippers and merchants had agreed to export only to the United Kingdom and at a price less than the open market figure which would provide the natives with a better return for their product.

Mr. Marquand

In view of the serious shortage of footwear and of upper leather for its production, the Nigerian authorities were informed that the Board of Trade were prepared to buy all Nigerian exportable goatskins for the lime being. The Nigerian authorities accordingly restricted the grant of export licences to the United Kingdom only, while discussions took place with the shippers. The Board are fully prepared to discuss the prices paid for Nigerian goatskins from time to time with the Nigerian authorities with a view to ensuring a reasonable return to the producers of the skins.