HC Deb 18 February 1948 vol 447 cc226-7W
66. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what organisation exists at present to market Uganda cotton; and whether he will hold free sales in future for all or part of the crop.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The Uganda cotton crop is bought by the Uganda Government which employs an organised Cotton Exporters Group on an agency basis to handle exports. Bulk sales have been, or are being, negotiated with the United Kingdom and India. The balance of the present crop will be sold by auction. I am not at present able to make a statement about future marketing arrangements.