HC Deb 11 August 1919 vol 119 cc899-900W

asked the Food Controller (1) whether any foodstuffs have recently been spoiled owing to delay in transit; and, if so, can he give the nature and quantity of the same; (2) whether it is possible for steps to be taken for more speedy clearance of food depots?


There has unfortunately been some congestion at the ports, and on occasion parcels of foodstuffs may have been spoiled owing to delay in tran- sit, though I have no definite evidence to this effect. The hon. Member may be assured that every effort is being made to overcome the existing difficulties of labour and transport so as to clear foodstuffs from the ports as quickly as possible.

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