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Intoxicating Beverages (Imports)

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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25.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what amounts of beer, spirits or other intoxicating beverages were imported into each of the West African Colonies, Nigeria, the Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia, for 1950 and 1951, respectively.

As the answer contains many figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Can my right hon. Friend indicate whether the figures of these imports that he will circulate show an increase or a decrease on previous years?

I have the table here. I think that I must ask my right hon. Friend to study it in the OFFICIAL REPORT, as it is rather long.

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether these figures are more or less than those that were arranged for at the time that Lord Passfield held the position that the right hon. Gentleman now holds?

If the hon. Gentleman will put a Question on the Order Paper, I shall be glad to conduct the necessary research.

Following are the figures:

IMPORTATION OF BEER, SPIRITS, ETC., INTO WEST AFRICA, 1950 AND 1951
19501951
'000 galls.

£

'000 galls.£

Nigeria:

Beer, Ale, Stout and Porter2,580904,9214,2891,767,764
Cider and Perry(a)(a)42,403
Spirits(b)113171,042(b)174285,580
Wine2741,6815382,490

Gold Coast:

Beer, Ale, Stout and Porter2,9961,057,0034,0001,589,2591(c)
Cider and Perry84,43463,478
Spirits(b)163226,081(b)216334,870
Wine169100,939162136,315

Sierra Leone:

Beer, Ale, Stout and Porter325131,449322129,905
Cider and Perry1606(a)(a)
Spirits(b)2639,402(b)2435,843
Wine14370,12712261,330

Gambia

(a)(a)(a)(a)
(a) Full details not yet available in London.
(b) Liquid gallons.
(c) Gold Coast 1951 figures are estimates based on 10 months' imports.