§ 1. Mr. DAVID WILLIAMS
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the amount of the shipping subsidy paid out to date, giving the names of the shipowners, the port of destination, and the amounts in each case?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
A total sum of £348,363 has been paid out to shipowners in respect of claims for voyages completed in the first quarter of the year. With regard to the remainder of the question, I am considering in what form information regarding the distribution of the Tramp Shipping Subsidy should be published, but as regards the payments made to date I would refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 9–14 of the Subsidy Scheme (Cmd. 4754), from which he will see that those payments are of an interim character and will be subject to adjustment at the end of the year.
6. Miss WARD
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the agreement to carry three officers in ships over 2,750 tons is an operative agreement which must be kept in order to qualify for a subsidy under the Government's tramp shipping scheme?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
I am in communication with the National Maritime Board with a view to ascertaining whether there is any operative agreement regarding the number of deck officers to be carried on board ship.
§ Mr. NEIL MACLEAN
Is not a record of the agreement sent to the Board of Trade in order that it may be recorded there?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The question I was asked was as to the operative agreement, and I have given the only information I can give with regard to the operative agreement.
§ Mr. MACLEAN
But is it not the rule of the Board of Trade that there must be three officers? I think that is the sense of the question. Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether that is so or not?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Will the Tight hon. Gentleman see to it that the firms which get the subsidy conform to the regulations laid down by the Maritime Board?
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making a suitable agreement to be operative between the two parties concerned?