HC Deb 17 March 1936 vol 310 cc218-9
34. Mr. DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any record of the number of orders that have been placed for ships, tankers, or trawlers built in Germany and/or supplied to British firms during the last three years; and can he give particulars of tonnage and the approximate cost of same?


Before the President of the Board of Trade answers the question, may we have some explanation of what the question actually means, as it is entirely unintelligible.


Is it not a reflection upon the Chair to say that a question which is unintelligible has been accepted?


An unintelligible question is a reflection on everybody.

Steam and motor ships of 100 tons gross and over shown in the returns of the Registrar General of Shipping as having been built in Germany during the years 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936 (to date) and subsequently registered in the United Kingdom.
When registered. Vessel. Year of Build. Gross Tonnage.
1933 Nil.
September "Nimet Allah" (motor pleasure yacht). 1933 1,704
September "Alexia" (motor vessel) 1935 8,016
July "Else Rykens" (fishing vessel) 1935 266
" "Paul Rykens" (fishing vessel) 1935 266
August "Neil Mackay" (fishing vessel) 1935 266
" "Peter Hendriks" (fishing vessel) 1935 266
" "Eketian" (motor vessel) 1935 1,005
September Steamship "Andino" 1935 4,569
February Steamship "Ethiopian" 1936 5,424
" Steamship "Nigerian" 1936 5,423
March Steamship "Guinean" 1936 5,205