HC Deb 06 June 1939 vol 348 c195
22. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of trawlers in the fishing industry which were lost in the last year; the number of such vessels which were replaced; and whether all these vessels were constructed in British shipyards?

Mr. Stanley

The number of trawlers lost by casualty during 1938 was 20. I regret that the remaining information asked for could only be obtained by special inquiry of the owners of the trawlers which were lost.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the number of trawlers lost through old age and wear and tear is far in excess of the figure which he has just given and that that diminution of the fleet is having very serious consequences upon our Defence requirements?

Mr. Stanley

I was asked to deal with a question of trawlers lost, and I presumed that it meant, in the normal parlance, trawlers lost by casualty.

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