HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 cc2118-9

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state whether the results of the tightening of the British blockade are proving satisfactory; and in what direction this is especially noticeable?


For some months past no substantial quantity of goods imported overseas into Scandinavia or Holland has, I believe, gone through to Germany, nor have there been any material overseas exports from Germany through those countries. Recently, as a result of negotiation with the neutral countries named, the export of their produce to Germany has been considerably diminished. As to results, it is difficult to be certain. But I think it is safe to say that there is now a serious shortage of foodstuffs and certain other vitally important materials in enemy countries.?