HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1154-5
47. Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the congestion in the London docks and the waste of shipping and loss of perishable foodstuffs occasioned thereby; whether he is aware that Hull and other East Coast docks are not in full use and that there is much unemployment in consequence; whether he is aware that the carrying trade by small coasting vessels and canal vessels is in a bad way; and will he consider talking steps to remedy this state of affairs?


I have been asked to reply. There is undoubted congestion in the Port of London as in other of the big ports, but I am not aware that any loss of perishable foodstuffs is occurring at the present, time. Large cargoes of wool are being shipped to Hull and Immingham, and I understand that the facilities for handling such cargoes at those ports will be fully occupied. Large cargoes of timber and increased shipments of grain are also being sent to East Coast ports. The latest reports from Hull now show a shortage of dock labour. I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the situation is receiving the earnest consideration of His Majesty's Government.

Lieut. - Commander KEN WORTHY

May I have an answer about the coasting trade?

Colonel WILSON

That question is receiving attention, and everything is being done to remedy the situation outlined in the question.