HC Deb 14 March 1945 vol 409 c233
63. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Cook

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is aware of wastage of vegetables on Norfolk farms, due to the lack of railway transport; and will he request the L.N.E.R. to improve the situation.

Mr. Noel-Baker

It has been necessary in recent weeks to send empty railway wagons to the ports in large numbers to move essential war traffic which the Services have urgently required. In consequence, some vegetable growers in mid-Norfolk could not be supplied with the wagons they wanted at their usual stations, and I understand that some cabbages were lost. Things have now improved, but I am grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend for this opportunity of reminding growers that, if they are short of transport, they should consult the Divisional Food Office, who may be able through the machinery of my Department to arrange that it shall be provided either by rail or by road.