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Colonial Empire (Copra Contracts)

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information with regard to representations received from producers in British Colonies or other Dependencies asking His Majesty's Government for a special review on long-term copra contracts with the Government in view of the present wide disparity between world prices and the prices agreed in these contracts; and if he will make a statement.

Representations have been made locally in Fiji and in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate regarding the price paid by the Ministry of Food under the long-term copra contracts. Pending consideration of these representations, I am unable to make any statement.