§ Mr. Younger
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that about 1,000 empty coal wagons remained standing in the sidings at Grimsby throughout the week end of 26th April, 1947; and whether, in view of the shortage of wagons, he will take steps to avoid such delays in future.
§ Mr. Barnes
These wagons, which had discharged bunker coal, formed a reserve to meet the needs of collieries and also for imports, particularly pit props, through the port of Grimsby. During the week following 26th April, however, sufficient empty coal wagons were available to all collieries and no loss of output occurred322W nor was any tonnage put to ground because of a temporary shortage of wagons.