15. Mr. S. SAMUEL
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the motor ship "Arabis" arrived at the port of Hull on the 27th November with 4,660 tons of cargo and had not completed her discharge by the 31st December; that in consequence of this the owners approached the Port and Transit Executive Committee understanding that they had power to act in cases of congestion of tonnage; and whether, seeing that the Government have declined to fall in with the recommendations made by that committee for relieving such congestion, they are prepared to take any other steps, and, if so, in what direction?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Pretyman)
I have been in communication with the 1079 Port and Transit Executive Committee regarding this question. They inform me that the suggestion of the hon. Gentleman was submitted to the military authorities and found to be impracticable. I need hardly say that the difficulties and congestion at the ports are receiving the most earnest consideration of the committee and of His Majesty's Government and those who are assisting them.
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
The whole matter of tonnage is under very careful consideration, and it is one of the most difficult with which we have to deal.