HC Deb 29 April 1948 vol 450 cc80-1W
95. Squadron-Leader Kinghorn

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what time has been saved in turn-round of shipping, and what increase per month in tonnage of freight has been achieved, now that the congestion at the port of Beira has been satisfactorily cleared up.

Mr. Philip Noel-Baker

As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, measures have been taken to regulate the flow of shipping to and from the port of Beira. As a result, vessels are no longer delayed as they were in 1947. In March, 1947, the total imports and exports amounted to 114,929 tons. In March, 1948, the figure was 165,615 tons—an increase of well over 40 per cent. I hope this increase may continue.

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