HC Deb 31 October 1957 vol 575 cc73-4W
44. Mr. W. T. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the co-operative movement has been given financial and administrative assistance in the Western, Eastern and Northern Regions of Nigeria by the Federal Co-operative Office, respectively, for the years 1955 to 1957; on what basis the assistance is decided; what is the number of co-operative educational courses in each region; and what is the number of students at present studying co-operative methods in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Profumo

Co-operation is a subject within the competence of the Regional Governments, and they have not asked for help from the Federation. The Western Region Co-operative Training College, Ibadan, trains junior Government and Co-operative Societies staff for the whole country, by arrangement with the respective Nigerian Governments. There are also annual courses in the East and North and, additionally, in 1956–57 fifteen other courses were arranged in the East and four in the North. Six Nigerians are at present studying co-operative methods in the U.K.