§ 12. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether any denial has been issued of the statement of the president of the Chamber of Shipping, at the annual meeting on 25th February, that a ship in St. Katherine's Docks was loaded and un loaded nine times as the result of conflicting orders from five different Government Departments?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of SHIPPING (Colonel Wilson)
No denial has been issued of this statement which I understand was made on the authority of a paragraph in the Press. It is impossible for the Ministry to contradict every inde- 1501 finite statement made, and I should be glad if my hon. and gallant Friend could get me the name of the steamer referred to, as I have failed to ascertain it myself. From inquiries I have made, I am confident that the statement is devoid of foundation.