HC Deb 21 August 1916 vol 85 cc2302-3W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office when it is intended to take delivery of wool in Great Britain and Ireland; whether he is aware that difficulty of transit will arise if the wool is not moved before the Colonial imports arrive and are put on the railways for transport; and whether he is aware that deterioration of quality may be consequential in certain cases where proper storage facilities are not available?


With regard to the first part of the question, wool is already being purchased generally in Ireland, and in large quantities in Great Britain. Delivery is of course being taken. The Department is fully alive to the need for avoiding congestion on the railways to which attention is drawn in the second part of the question, and it is anticipated that the bulk of the English clip will have been transported before arrivals of Colonial wools assume large proportions. Any farmer who has reason to anticipate that his wool may deteriorate in quality owing to inadequate facilities for storing should immediately communicate with the deputy executive officer for his area whose address is given on the census form which has been supplied to him.