§ 65. Sir d. WALTON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that some shipbuilders are repairing ships of neutral countries, whilst undue delay is taking place in the repairing of British ships and in the making good of losses in our mercantile marine by the building of fresh tonnage; and, if so, what action he proposes to take?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Pretyman)
I am aware that some ships belonging to neutral countries have been repaired in the United Kingdom, but from inquiries which have been made it does not appear that work on British ships generally has been unduly delayed by this repair work. The matter has not been overlooked in considering the general position of shipbuilding, and will continue to receive attention.
§ Sir J. WALTON
The right hon. Gentleman says that work on British ships has not been retarded, but it has been -retarded in certain cases.