HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 cc1299-300

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state what, if any, steps have been taken on the lines suggested in the Report of the Committee on Food Prices towards providing the labour necessary to maintain the flow of traffic through the ports?


The Board of Trade are fully alive to the importance of this matter. They are in process of consulting the Port Labour Committees which have been set up in the principal ports, and they are also in communication with the Port and Transit Executive Committee which has under its control a Transport Workers' Battalion available for use at ports where there is an ascertained shortage of labour.