asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the difficulties which have prevented the development of consumers' societies in Mauritius, in view of the fact that the Mauritius Co-operative Ordinance of 1945, as amended in 1946, makes provision for the establishment of consumers' societies.
I am not aware of any special difficulties attending the development of consumers' societies, although admittedly the main activity so far has been in connection with co-operative credit societies. A full-time Registrar has now been appointed and he has recently visited another Colony to study the operations of small consumers societies there.
As no special difficulties exist, will my right hon. Friend impress upon the Governor of Mauritius the desirability of the development of such societies, in view of the very high cost of living to which he referred in a previous answer?
Yes, the Governor is most anxious to get ahead with the setting up of the co-operative movement.