§ 87. Mr. LEONARD LYLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller how many standardised ships have been delivered; how many are operating under Government charter; and how many have been sold to private traders; and whether any fixed period 603 has been assigned for the completion of the full number under construction at the time of the Armistice?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of SHIPPING (Colonel Leslie Wilson)
Two hundred and five standard ships have been delivered, of which 146 are operating under Government charter; the others, 59 in number, have been sold to private traders. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.
§ Colonel WILSON
There are at present under construction 283, which were ordered before the Armistice and which are not yet completed.