HC Deb 03 December 1931 vol 260 cc1265-6W
Lieut.-Colonel MOORE

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the recent rapid depreciation in the value of the pound, he is satisfied that the efforts being made to arrange for the future food requirements of this country are adequate; and if these requirements can be maintained without

The following are the required figures in regard to vessels piloted by the Trinity House Pilots of the London District for the years 1928, 1929, 1930 and the nine months ended 30th September, 1931:

Total amount* received for pilotage services by licensed pilots. Net tonnage of vessels piloted by licensed pilots inwards and outwards.
British. Foreign. Total.
Year ended 31st December, 1928 354,545 67,368,084 26,446,529 93,814,613
Year ended 31st December, 1929 365,287 68,836,751 28,491,849 97,328,600
Year ended 31st December, 1930 360,560 66,845,139 30,907,750 97,752,889
Nine months ended 30th September, 1931. 250,552 47,381,303 22,261,060 69,642,363
* These amounts include pilotage earned in Deep Sea Waters outside the district, which amount to about £9,000 per annum.

any appreciable increase in the cost of living?


I have no reason to suppose that the requirements of the country in the matter of foodstuffs cannot be met without difficulty in the future as in the past through the normal channels of trade. Food prices are under the constant review of my Department in order to prevent unjustifiable increases. For the rest, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the replies given on let December by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Southampton. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend copies of these replies.