HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 cc1294-5
76. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether enemy subjects resident in neutral countries have the rights and privileges of subjects of neutral Powers in respect of ships and shipping; and, if so, whether such conditions are to be allowed to continue on their present footing?


I assume that the hon. Gentleman refers to the right to own British ships, and I would call his attention to the British Ships (Transfer Restriction) Acts of 1915 and 1916, which prevent British ships being transferred or mortgaged to foreigners or foreign controlled companies, and prevent British ships becoming the property of foreign controlled companies.