HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 cc683-4W
Lieut.-Colonel Mason

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare what proportion of seized contraband goods have been made available to the consumer up to date, and in what categories?

Mr. Cross

Goods seized as prize can only be put into consumption after the Prize Court has decided that they were properly seized and has condemned them. Until condemnation the goods have to be kept "in specie" as the court may order their release. Sales, however, may be ordered by the court before condemnation if the goods are perishable or if the storage of the goods is likely to exceed their value, or if from their great bulk the storage might cause congestion in docks or warehouses.

The following quantities have up to the present been sold:

Iron ore 81,150
Manganese ore 30,300
Residue pyrites 5,700
Bauxite 27,300
Sulphur 2,500
Phosphate rock 29,350
Pulpwood (approx.) 10,500
Palm oil 3,500
Frozen beef 734
Copra 600
Maize 481
Oranges (approx.) 90
Calf skins (approx.) 7
Wood oil 20
Chrome ore 500
Calcium tartrate (approx.) 50

This amounts to two-fifths of the contraband seized which, up to the 2nd December inclusive, totalled 476,496 tons.