HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 cc1397-8
18. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of ships that have been granted provisional certificates of registry since the issue of instructions, at the end of August last, to His Majesty's Consuls that all applications for provisional certificates should undergo special scrutiny?

Mr. Stanley

During the period from the end of August, 1937, to 30th April, 1938, 73 ships were granted provisional certificates of British registry.

Mr. Day

Can the Minister say whether any could not comply with the requirements as to title?

Mr. Stanley

In a number of cases the ships were, in fact, foreign-owned before their provisional registration.

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