§ 60. Sir G. Gibson
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether as the result of the discussions with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, any financial arrangements have been arrived at with a view to building new ships on Pacific routes; and whether it is intended to proceed with the building of such ships at an early date?
The Governments concerned are in communication on this question, and I am not yet in a position to make a statement regarding it.
§ Sir G. Gibson
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the fact that this is a matter which is giving very great concern in Australia, and particularly in New Zealand, and that if something is not done in the near future to place new ships on the Pacific, the British flag, so far as passengers are concerned, will disappear?
I am quite aware of that, but my hon. Friend will realise that this depends on consideration by other Governments as well as by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom. We are perfectly prepared to play our part.
§ Mr. Garro Jones
Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that if he takes over or makes provision for un-lucrative services, he will also take over the profit-making or lucrative services?