HC Deb 01 November 1938 vol 340 cc13-4
28. Mr. Shinwell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government have any plans in contemplation for strengthening the position of the British Mercantile Marine?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

The British shipping industry is at present actively engaged in a comprehensive inquiry into the position. My Department is being kept informed of the progress of the work. The Government will give full consideration to the results of this inquiry, as soon as they are available.

Mr. Shinwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the tramp shipowners have in contemplation a scheme for laying up vessels; and does that constitute a scheme for the welfare of the Mercantile Marine?

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