HC Deb 24 October 1952 vol 505 c154W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the textile weaving mills of Nigeria import all their supplies of cotton yarn from the French Cameroons; and whether he will take steps towards setting up a local spinning industry to provide supplies of yarn.

Mr. Lyttelton

These mills obtain their cotton yarn from the cheapest available sources, of which the French Cameroons is not the most important. A small spinning plant is now being installed at a weaving mill near Lagos, and a similar plant may be added to the mill at Kano. In addition, the Nigerian Government are examining proposals for the establishment of a large-scale spinning enterprise.