2. Captain EVANS
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of any ships flying the British flag and registered in London which are entirely manned, commanded and officered by aliens; and, if so, what steps the Board of Trade propose to take to ensure that vessels registered in the United Kingdom and having the right to claim protection of the British Empire are manned by British subjects?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
I am aware that there are cases of the kind referred to, where vessels are trading between foreign ports. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of an answer given on 26th June, 1923, which sets out the reasons why an amendment of the law would foe ineffective for the object he has in view.