§ 12. Mr. Turton
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the prohibition of exports to the Gold Coast and Sierra Leone of local woven Nigerian cloth is still being continued notwithstanding the cessation of hostilities; and whether he will consider the early removal of this trade restriction.
§ Mr. georģe Hall
This prohibition was introduced to conserve supplies of cotton textiles in Nigeria, the bulk of which are imported. So long as the present acute world shortage continues, I see no prospect of the Government of Nigeria being able to raise it.
§ Mr. Turton
Would the right hon. Gentleman say why he prohibits local native cloth and yet allows the export of Ad ire cloth made from imported shirting, thereby helping big business in Nigeria and harming the native producer?