§ 43. Mr. HALL-CAINE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government will consider the desirability of subsidising the building of three 30,000-ton ships rather than another 90,000-ton sister-ship to the "Queen Mary," seeing that this would be more economic in subsidies and also allow the work to be spread over a wider area, in that the ships could be constructed in different yards?
I think it would be premature for me to consider such matters as that mentioned in the question until I have received the proposals of the Cunard-White Star Company on the subject.
§ Mr. ARTHUR GREENWOOD
Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that actual proposals for the building of new 30,000-ton ships are well advanced, without any question of subsidy arising?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
The question I am putting to the right hon. Gentleman is, should subsidy be given in respect of 30,000-ton ships, and is he not aware that proposals are now in an advanced stage for building 30,000-ton ships for the Atlantic trade without a subsidy?
I understood that the right hon. Gentleman referred to the building of such ships by the Cunard-White Star Company.
§ Mr. ATTLEE
Does it not occur to the right hon. Gentleman that if there is any question of subsidizing 30,000-ton ships, other people, who are able to build them without subsidy, will be discouraged from doing so?