§ 56. Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
(for Captain PLUGGE) asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in laying before the House the continuance of the £2,000,000 subsidy towards tramp shipping, he will undertake to guarantee that the vessels constructed by the help of this subsidy shall be built in Great Britain?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
Under the provisions of the British Shipping (Assistance) Acts, which it is proposed to continue, subsidy is not paid in respect of construction, but is paid in respect of tramp voyages performed by eligible ships. If my hon. and gallant Friend means that newly-built ships coming on the Register next year should only be eligible for subsidy in that year if they have been constructed in United Kingdom yards, I am in agreement with him.