HC Deb 07 February 1949 vol 461 cc11-2W
73. Mr. Ward

asked the Minister of Food how many British ships are in Australian ports waiting to be loaded with grain; what is the average length of time they have been there; what is the cause of the delay in loading; what is the amount of the demurrage; and by whom it is payable.

Mr. Strachey

On 4th February six British ships were waiting in Australian ports to load grain for Ministry of Food account. They had been there an average time of 43 days. The delay in loading has been due to grain not being available at the ports, owing to internal transport difficulties in Australia. The demurrage is payable by the Australian Authorities and I am unable to estimate the amount due.

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