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Commodity Prices

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what consultations have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and Commonwealth countries in West Africa with a view to stabilising the price of their exports to the Common Market, if Great Britain should enter the market.

The stability of commodity prices will be of great importance to West African Commonwealth countries whether we join the Common Market or not. It is indeed a worldwide problem to which consideration is being given in various international bodies, as for example in the case of cocoa in the F.A.O. Cocoa Study Group on which this country and West African Commonwealth countries are represented.