§ 59. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his attention has been drawn to the delays in delivering bacon stocks in the port of Bristol recently from vessels discharging in that port; and what steps his Department are taking in order to ensure that the stocks of bacon now in course of landing at United Kingdom ports will be delivered in fit condition for consumption?
§ Mr. CLYNES
I am aware that there has been some congestion at Bristol and else where, due to transport difficulties arising from various causes. This matter is receiving the constant attention of my 398 Department, in consultation with the Ministry of Shipping, the Railway Executive Committee, and the importers, and measures have already been taken to secure the prompt clearing of the quays and the transport of the bacon to the ware houses and stores. No bacon has become unfit for consumption after landing through any delay in handling it.
§ Mr. GILBERT
Can the hon. Gentleman arrange that his Department should have particulars of the cargoes of vessels before they arrive, so that they can give delivery orders for use immediately a cargo arrives at the port?
§ Mr. CLYNES
We have such particulars, of course, but there are certain delays which cannot be foreseen—the available labour and machinery may not be ready at the actual time of arrival. I can assure my hon. Friend that we are giving the closest attention to the matter, and that I have been this morning in consultation with the parties concerned.