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Thursday, 11 July 1946


Mr WILLIAMS (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture "been advised of reports in British newspapers that food parcels forwarded to the United Kingdom by generous Australians have accumulated in English dock-side warehouses and are not being distributed? Does the Minister know that the reports stated that tins- of jam and honey had already " blown ", their contents seeping through the packing and down through the floor on to the goods stored below. The report stated also that -

Ten miles from Charing Cross, in warehouse 5 at the King George V. Dock, North Woolwich, there are 5,000 of these parcels, of all shapes and sizes, apparently unwanted and covered with dust.

Ls the Minister aware that British newspapers have featured reports of London dockers saying that there is " lovely grub going to rot " ? Will the Minister take up this matter with the British Ministry of Food, with a view to .allaying the, anxiety of patriotic Australians who are concerned at the reports that valuable foodstuffs are being wasted when they are sir urgently required by the British people?







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