2. Lieut.-Colonel THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in consequence of there being so many ships that cannot get berths at the docks, some of the berths at the Woolwich Arsenal could be utilised with a view to relieving the present pressure; if he is aware that the berths at the Woolwich Arsenal are in direct connection with the South-Eastern Railway on the wharves; and if he will take action in the matter?
§ The DEPUTY-MINISTER of MUNITIONS (Mr. Kellaway)
I have been asked to answer this question. I fear that the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion is impracticable. The 'berths in question will only accommodate very small vessels. The main pier is already used to its full capacity for Government purposes. There are no railway facilities for taking goods from the pier to the main line.