§ 23. Mr. DAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations have been made by the owners of the British, motor trawler "Girl Pat" asking his Department to assist them in locating this vessel; whether his assistance has been asked for by the owners to aid them in the detention of this vessel at any foreign port at which she may call; and whether he will give particulars?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
No such representations have been made to the Board of Trade, nor has their assistance been asked for. I understand that, at the request 17 of the solicitors representing the underwriters, instructions have been sent by the Foreign Office to some of His Majesty's representatives abroad, with a view to ensuring that any legitimate steps possible will be taken by the local authorities at ports which the ship may visit to secure her detention and to prevent her obtaining goods on credit.