asked the Minister of Transport how many ships have recently been diverted from Falmouth Harbour on account of shortage of oil.
There have been no actual diversions of ships from Falmouth Harbour on account of shortage of oil. Of those ships which have given notice of intention to call for oil bunkers at Falmouth during July my right hon. Friend is informed that 15 were advised by the Petroleum Board to take supplies elsewhere. There is no shortage of oil at Falmouth for normal requirements but orders for the first half of July totalled 20,000 tons as compared with the average offtake of 5,000 tons per month and the Board were obliged to spread this abnormal demand over other United Kingdom ports.