The main lines of our import programme are determined by the War Cabinet. Within this programme, responsibility is divided between the Minister of Production, who deals with all imports other than food, and the Minister of Food. Subject to the broad policy laid down by His Majesty's Government, responsibility for commercial exports from this country rests with the President of the Board of Trade.
Will my right hon. Friend be good enough to give personal attention to an important aspect of this problem, namely, the export of goods from this country in ships which are otherwise carrying ballast?—Did he see the statement made at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, by the hon. Member for Pudsey (Sir G. Gibson) which appeared in "The Times," that a ship proceeding on the outward and homeward voyages carried 3,000 tons of ballast when it could have carried goods?