HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc36-7W
90. Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government that the peoples of British Colonies, notably in West Africa, shall not have their freedom curtailed to buy the cheapest and basic goods offered to them, and that there shall be no action taken to compel them to buy British, irrespective of price and quality.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

This remains the policy of the United Kingdom Government and no such action will be taken. For balance of payments reasons some restrictions are placed by Colonial Governments on imports of nonessentials from certain sources. It is of course our hope that British goods will compete successfully on their own merits in colonial markets.

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