HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 c2035

(by Private Notice) asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the case that neutral lines of steamers which have been in the habit of trading regularly from ports in Scandinavia and Holland to this country have stopped running; whether British owners are at liberty to put on boats to take the place of these neutral lines; and whether If they do they will be supported by His Majesty's Government both now and after the War?


It is the case that some neutral lines have stopped running, and if the stoppage continues it will be necessary to consider what is the best action to take in the interests of this country.