asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken in Sierra Leone to establish an efficient system of collection and distribution of rice at controlled prices fair to both producer and consumer.
The Sierra Leone Government has decided that in the present season, as in 1947–48, no price control should be imposed on rice nor should a price be guaranteed to producers. The Government is, however, taking steps to build up sufficient reserve stocks for release if the price rises unduly.
Does that mean that there will be no difference made in the present system of collection and distribution in view of the general dissatisfaction expressed at the activities of the middlemen, particularly the Syrians?
At all events, not during this season.