HC Deb 12 May 1947 vol 437 c1071
35. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Minister of Food how much food has gone rotten at the London docks because of the latest strike of dock workers.

Mr. Strachey

12 cwt. of fish.

Brigadier Rayner

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these successive unofficial strikes affecting food supplies are adding to the prevalent malnutrition, and is he able as the Minister of Food to do anything about it?

Mr. Strachey

No, Sir; in this particular case I am clad to say there was no loss of foodstuffs because of the strike.

Mr. D. Marshall

What about fish?

Mr. Strachey

There was 12 cwt. of fish lost, but that might very easily be lost in the ordinary course of distribution.

Mr. Marshall

May I ask the Minister what was the loss of the carrying capacity in food for importation of those vessels through the delay in their turn-round?

Mr. Speaker

The Question deals with how much food has gone rotten and not with carrying capacity.

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