§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in view of the shortage of rice in Sierra Leone what measures are being taken to prevent black market operations and to prevent the export of rice.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
By a Rice Control Order of 21st April the Sierra Leone Government has limited the stocks of rice that may be held by any person except under licence. Illegal exports are checked by patrols on the frontiers and by the examination of boats. The movement of rice out of the Scarcies area in the Northwest, except under permit, is controlled by order. Whilst small leakages occur, everything possible is being done to prevent them.