§ 75. Mr. Keenan
asked the Minister of Food to what extent shipping companies' trans-Atlantic liners on regular passenger services and cruises are being victualled in United Kingdom ports in greater numbers than they were less than 12 months ago; and why liners are not taking supplies in the United States of America and Canada as they formerly did.
§ Mr. Webb
My Parliamentary Secretary has already written to my hon. Friend to explain that it has been our considered policy since early 1949 that British liners sailing to hard currency areas should take on stores in this country for the round voyage in order to save dollars. I am advised that there has been no material increase in the number of liners victualled in United Kingdom ports during the last 12 months.