HC Deb 13 November 1917 vol 99 cc208-9

asked if there are in Falmouth Docks 6,000 tons of wheat, a great part of which has been allowed to go bad; whether he can state how long this wheat has been in stock, and why it has not been used for food; whether there is a stock of coffee in the same docks which is mostly unfit for use; and, if so, can he explain who is to blame for this result?


It is undesirable to publish information as to stocks of foodstuffs in a particular port at any given time, but as the question suggests loss from negligence, I may say that there are not 6,000 tons of wheat in Falmouth Docks. The only wheat recently discharged at this port consisted of 3,500 tons from a sailing vessel; the whole of the cargo was sold to millers, and delivery has been completed except as regards a few hundred tons which have been held up through lack of transport facilities. None of the wheat has been allowed to deteriorate through want of care. I am informed that there is no coffee lying in Falmouth Docks.


Can the hon. Gentleman say how long that 3,300 tons of wheat has been lying at Falmouth Docks?


As the answer indicates, it was loaded to the millers as soon as possible after arrival.