HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 cc906-7
38. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give particulars of the amounts contributed towards the expenses of the North Atlantic ice patrol for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date, and the respective contributions made by the various countries?

Captain Wallace

The total cost of the North Atlantic ice patrol for the 1936 season (March—July) was $152,203, of which the share of this country was 40 per cent., or $60,881. The other contributions are:

Per cent.
United States 18
Germany 10
France and Italy (each) 6
Netherlands 5
Canada and Norway (each) 3
Belgium, Denmark and Sweden (each) 2
Japan, Spain and Russia (each) 1

Mr. Day

Why does the contribution from Great Britain so greatly exceed those of other nations?

Captain Wallace

The contributions are based on the amount of shipping belonging to the respective Powers crossing the North Atlantic, and I think it is very satisfactory to know that we have 40 per cent. of it.

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