HC Deb 10 July 1940 vol 362 c1161
41. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the cargo of the steamship "Tennessee" includes 600 tons of steel and has been lying at Aberdeen since November; and why this steel has not been made available for distribution when it is urgently needed?

Mr. H. Morrison

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to a Danish vessel of this name which with its cargo was seized as prize and taken into a Scottish port at the end of April. The cargo has been discharged and is waiting action by the Prize Court. I am making arrangements with the Admiralty Marshal which I hope will secure the immediate release of this material in advance of the Prize Court decision.

Mr. Edwards

Will the Minister make further inquiries with regard to the date? I am informed that it has been lying there since November. Is there not something wrong with a Department which allows steel, for which there is an urgent demand, to lie idle?

Mr. Morrison

I will certainly make further inquiries, but I am definitely advised that the ship was ordered to Aberdeen for discharge on 30th April. Before I can actually get the material the Admiralty, under Prize Court Procedure, must have a hand in the business, but I will certainly do all I can to secure this commodity as quickly as possible.

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