HC Deb 05 June 1934 vol 290 cc729-30

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now state what steps he proposes to take to assist British shipping to meet subsidised foreign competition?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

Consultations are continuing actively, but there are many interests to be considered. I hope to be able to make a statement on this subject in the near future.


Will the right hon. Gentleman impress upon the Government and shipowners that while they are coming to a decision in this matter 87 per cent. of the shipbuilders on the Wear are unemployed on account of the shipping depression?