HC Deb 30 May 1918 vol 106 c978
91. Mr. ALDEN

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether it is possible to state the rate at which America is now able to turn out vessels for mercantile purposes built either of steel, wood, or concrete; and whether any figures are available as to the loss of American ships already constructed?


I am not able to answer this question with any degree of precision, and I can only refer my hon. Friend to the details which have been given in the Press. Rate of output cannot be ascertained in a rapidly expanding industry by reference to recently published figures. As to American losses, I shall be glad if my hon. Friend will consult the Admiralty.