§ Mr. BROOKES
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether in quite recent times a food ship putting into a south-western port was allowed to leave the port and was sunk outside by submarine attack; and how many of these incidents there have been where a ship has touched British soil and then been lost afterwards before reaching her destination?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The vessel probably referred to was part of a convoy, but unfortunately had to leave the convoy and put into port for fresh water. Presumably the cargo could not be discharged at this port, and the vessel was sent on to her destination under escort. I am afraid I cannot give the information asked for in the last part of the question.