§ 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?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY Of SHIPPING (Colonel Wilson)
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 1155 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.
That question is receiving attention, and everything is being done to remedy the situation outlined in the question.