§ 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?
During the period from the end of August, 1937, to 30th April, 1938, 73 ships were granted provisional certificates of British registry.
In a number of cases the ships were, in fact, foreign-owned before their provisional registration.