§ 56. Mr. DOUGLAS HACKING
asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of shipping tonnage laid up in home ports at convenient dates in November, 1929, and in March, 1930, respectively?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
The only information available is that published in the quarterly returns of laid-up tonnage issued by the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom. According to these returns, on 1st October, 1929, 122 vessels, of a total net tonnage of 265,997, were reported as laid up in the principal ports of the United Kingdom. On 1st January, 1930, 167 vessels, of a total net tonnage of 352,659, were similarly reported as laid up. Corresponding figures for the past quarter are not yet available.