HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 c41W
Mr. Mathers

asked the Home Secretary how many railway wagons and sheets have been detained with air-raid shelters; what amount of demurrage charges has been incurred; and who is responsible for payment of these charges?

Mr. Mabane

Special arrangements were made early in 1939 between my Department and the railway companies for the distribution of air-raid shelters throughout the country. The arrangements included the holding of the shelters until they were delivered. No question of demurrage therefore arises, and as no records were kept of the wagons, I have no information as to the number that may have been detained. It is not the practice to sheet this traffic.