§ Major Milner
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that since the Government took control of cold stores their position has become worse, there having been a steady exodus and practically no replacement of stocks, with the result that approximately only 10 per cent. of storage accommodation is now being used; and what steps are proposed to use the large storage space available and to save the stores from a serious financial difficulty?1255W
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
While the present average occupation of cold stores is considerably higher than the 10 per cent. suggested by the hon. and gallant Member, I am aware that the volume of cold store traffic since the outbreak of war has been less than in normal times. The needs of war-time distribution, the diversion of shipping and delay in the arrival of steamers have all been contributory factors, but the position has recently shown a distinct improvement, and I expect that the volume of cold store traffic will continue to increase.