HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 c1226W
Sir J. Jarvis

asked the Secretary for Mines (1) whether as owing ťo the large amount of petrol in the country there is considerable delay in discharging the cargoes of tankers, necessitating the paymenť of heavy demurrage charges, he will consider increasing, at least temporarily, the rationing unit;

(2) to what extent congestion exisťs at the docks in regard to the discharging of oil tankers; and whether he can puť into operation a satisfactory system of efficient movable forces of dockers to relieve any such congestion which may occur?

Mr. Lloyd

No congestion exisťs at the docks affecting the discharge of oil tankers and arrangements already exist for securing their rapid discharge. My hon. Friend's suggestions therefore do not arise.