HC Deb 07 December 1931 vol 260 cc1510-1
38. Mr. THORNE

asked the Postmaster-General the number of shipping companies receiving subsidies for carrying mails; whether there is any clause inserted in the Government contract making it imperative for the companies to have their ships repaired in British shipyards; and whether any of the companies' mail boats have been built with Government subsidies?


So far as the first part of the question is concerned, the only existing mail contracts are with the Cunard and White Star Companies for the service to New York, and with the Peninsular and Oriental Company for the service to India, Australia and the Far East. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative; and in regard to the third part, I shall be obliged if the hon. Member will address himself to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.