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Nigeria (Tin-Mine Workers)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many persons are likely to be involved in forced labour for the Northern Nigeria tin-mines; what protection and welfare arrangements for these workers have been put in hand; what is the present price offered for tin production per ton compared with the prices a year ago and before the war; and whether, in view of the increased price now being offered, a war bonus will be granted to the workers together with substantial improvement in conditions?

My Noble Friend is confident that the Government of Nigeria will only direct labour to specific work as may be required for the war effort; and that every consideration will be given to the protection and welfare of such labour. The price to be paid for tin under the current contract is now being negotiated. The price last year was £260 10s. per ton, and in 1939 £230 per ton. The wage position is under constant review.