HC Deb 01 December 1919 vol 122 cc49-50W

asked the Food Controller whether, having regard to the scarcity and great demand for tonnage, he will take steps to see that vessels are not laid up in British ports as storehouses for food which if allowed to go into consumption would be greatly to the advantage of the public generally?


Cargoes of vessels carrying foodstuffs are unloaded as quickly as possible, but the discharge of vessels carrying perishable commodities such as, meat is occasionally delayed owing to the fact that cold storage accommodation is not available. There is no foundation for the suggestion that stocks of foodstuffs are being withheld from consumption.

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