§ 53. Mr. CRAVEN-ELLIS
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is yet in possession of the information required by him from the shipping industry to enable the Government to decide upon a policy which will protect shipping from the competition of foreign shipping subsidies?
54. Mr. TEMPLE MORRIS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now make any statement as to Government assistance to the British Mercantile Marine?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I have received a great deal of information from the 482 shipping industry, but I cannot at present add to the answer which I gave on this subject on the 6th March.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Is the right hon. Gentleman contemplating the use of the tariff weapon on goods coming from countries which indulge in shipping subsidies?
§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
When the right hon. Gentleman is considering a subsidy to the shipping industry, will he bear in mind the Lancashire cotton textile industry?
§ Sir BASIL PETO
Are we likely to have any legislation in regard to this urgent question before Parliament adjourns for the Summer Recess?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I cannot say at this stage whether it will be necessary to have any legislation. There are other ways of dealing with these problems. The problems have so many aspects that I am afraid I cannot give any indication in regard to legislation at this moment.
§ Mr. MAXTON
If the Government are not prepared to introduce legislation, when do they propose to do some of the other things that the President of the Board of Trade knows about?