§ 65. Mr. G. Darling
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will inquire into the position of the cocoa-marketing societies in the Kabba Province of Nigeria to see if they can be associated with a co-operative union in the Western Region in order to strengthen their resources, especially for crop financing.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
I have done so and understand that these societies cannot legally join unions in the Western Region but that they are all members of the Kabba Co-operative Produce Marketing Union. This union is developing satisfactorily. It has made use of certain facilities provided by co-operative organisations in the Western Region. Crop financing appears to have been adequately provided for by loans from Northern Region authorities who made £20,000 available for this purpose in the current year.