HC Deb 28 February 1939 vol 344 cc1060-1
19. Mr. Leslie Boyce

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether new twill jute sacks are being purchased for the conveyance of Government wheat from the ports of arrival to destination for storage and, if so, what happens to such sacks when the journey has been completed; and whether he is aware that there is an efficient system for the hiring of sacks available at all ports at a low rate which would show a considerable saving over the purchase of new sacks specially for that purpose?

Mr. Stanley

Apart from certain wheats which are shipped from the country of origin in sacks, no sacks are used in this country for the transportation of Government wheat. A very small part of the Government reserve is stored in jute sacks which were bought for the purpose and remain the property of the Government. The question of hire was considered but, as the sacks will continue to be used for storage, it was decided, on the advice of the committee assisting the Food (Defence Plans) Department that it was more economical to purchase outright.

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