asked the President of the Board of Trade whether Her Majesty's Government have considered the effect upon the existing trading arrangements of the Southern Cameroons of termination on 1st October, 1961, of the United Nations trusteeship administered by Her Majesty's Government, and in particular the importance of Commonwealth Preference to the territory's economy.
Yes. The adjustment of the trading arrangements of the Southern Cameroons to accord with its new international position will inevitably take some time. In order to allow for consideration of those transitional arrangements which will best facilitate such adjustments, Her Majesty's Government will shortly invite Parliament to approve legislation allowing products of the Southern Cameroons to continue to be eligible for Commonwealth Preference for a period of up to one year from 1st October, 1961. This would be a stopgap measure only.