HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 c906
79. Major Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of War Transport the extent to which ships engaged upon or earmarked for the repatriation of British prisoners of war and of members of the forces returning to this country, have been delayed by the dockers' strike..

Mr. Barnes

Some delay has arisen in the supply of materials requiring shipment to certain vessels fitting as troopships in Northern Ireland and on the Continent which will retard the dates of completion of these vessels. The extent of such delay cannot, however, yet be stated.

Captain Gammans

Does that mean that the dock strike had no effect on the repatriation of men from the Far East and the Middle East?

Mr. Barnes

With the exception of what I have indicated here, certainly no substantial effect has been caused because special military attention was given to the problem.