§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the reasons for reducing the price paid to Nigerian farmers for groundnuts to £20 per ton as fixed by the Nigerian Groundnut Marketing Board; and as the price at which the Ministry of Food have guaranteed to purchase under the three-year agreement, is fixed at £53 per ton, how the difference between these two figures is made up as to costs of transport including shipping, port handling, etc.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
The reasons for the Board's decision were explained at length in their announcement published in the Nigeria Gazette on 9th March last, of 167W which I am sending the hon. Member a copy. As regards the latter part of the Question, it will be necessary to await publication of the Annual Report and Accounts of the Board.