§ 3. Sir R. THOMAS
asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent 960 this country co-operated with the United States of America during 1927 in the maintenance of the Atlantic ice patrol; what was the cost of the service; and whether any ships of His Majesty's Navy participated?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The ice patrol service in the North Atlantic is managed by the United States Government in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Safety of Life at Sea Convention of 1914. Under these arrangements the patrol is carried out during the ice season by two of the United States Coastguard cutters, and the cost is borne by the Governments specially interested in these services, in fixed proportions. The cost of the service during 1927 was approximately £29,700, and the contribution of His Majesty's Government will be about £9,300. Ships of His Majesty's Navy do not participate in the patrol.