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Dock Strikes (Undischarged Cargoes)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what tonnage of foodstuffs had to be left in the holds of ships and taken away on outgoing voyages owing to the strikes at Liverpool, Bristol and Avonmouth; what tonnage had to be held in ships delayed in getting to their berths; and what has been the total cost to his Department of this extra transport and the delays in discharging cargoes.

About 8,000 tons of food left these ports undischarged, a part of which has now returned and been unloaded, and vessels carrying 50,000 tons were delayed, but I do not anticipate that any additional cost will fall on the Ministry of Food nor do we anticipate any significant losses through deterioration.