HC Deb 25 August 1914 vol 66 c20

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any information upon the question of shipping grain cargoes from the Pacific Coast of America, whether he is aware that buyers of grain in this country are receiving notice from the sellers in California cancelling their contracts on the ground that the American Admiralty is prohibiting vessels from sailing to and from the Pacific Coast ports in North and Central America, and whether he can do anything to obtain the removal of this prohibition in the interests of buyers in this country who are being serously prejudiced by this action?


The Board of Trade have received some complaints as to difficulties experienced in shipping grain from Pacific Coast ports in North America. It was necessary for a time to include those ports in the list of prohibited voyages, but the prohibition by the British Admiralty was withdrawn some days ago.