HC Deb 23 February 1937 vol 320 c1817
34. Lieut.-Commander Tufnell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any advice has been tendered to the Government as to the adequacy of our mercantile marine in time of war; and on whom the Government relies for such advice?

Mr. Runciman

As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, the Board of Trade is the Department primarily responsible for advising the Government on matters affecting the mercantile marine. My Department has under constant review the question of the adequacy of the mercantile marine in all circumstances.

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