HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc3-4
9. Mrs. Middleton

asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production what is the present rate of delivery to U.N.R.R.A. of the lorries so badly needed for relief in the liberated countries.

Mr. Wilmot

U.N.R.R.A. has placed requirements for the supply from this country of 14,248 motor vehicles, of which 10,230 fall to be supplied by me from surplus Service stocks. Of these 10,230, 6,622 have already been supplied and deliveries to the docks are continuing at a steady rate of about 100 a day, which is as fast as U.N.R.R.A. is able to ship them.

Mr. Stokes

Is the Minister aware that, according to the most recent information from a most reliable witness, I am informed that the chief difficulty in shifting the necessary food is absence of transport, and will he treat this matter as one of military urgency?

Mr. Wilmot

I can assure the hon. Member I realise to the full the tragic urgency of this matter. We have already sent nearly 7,000 vehicles, and they are going forward now at the rate of 100 a day, which is as many as can be shipped.