HC Deb 13 November 1917 vol 99 c209
35. Major HUNT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether the control of the ore shipments is entrusted to Mr. G. C. Welborn, who, at the commencement of the War, was a partner or in the employ of a well-known firm engaged in the mineral ore trade; and whether he will consider the possibility-of finding some qualified man not connected with any firm in the ore trade to supervise ore shipments in order to avoid friction in this trade?


Mr. Welborn was employed by a firm of the kind described until the spring of 1916, when he severed his connection with it in order to serve in the Iron Ore Chartering Office then being organised. He has been in charge of that office since April last. I am aware of no such friction as that to which the hon. Member alludes. The Shipping Controller is satisfied that Mr. Welborn is personally well qualified by training and ability to fill a post in which practical experience is essential.

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