HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 c1990
4. Miss Ward

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the necessary legislation to give effect to the Government's proposals for British shipping, he proposes to make any subsidy retrospective?

13. Mr. Storey

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now make any statement with regard to his proposal to make an annual grant of £2,750,000 to tramp shipping; and when the first payments under this scheme will be made?

18 and 19. Captain Arthur Evans

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he can now say at what rate, under what conditions, and in what circumstances a subsidy will be payable in respect of voyages of tramp ships;

(2) whether he is aware that the announcement by the Government of its intention to assist tramp shipping has made international co-operation in the shipping industry more difficult, in spite of the fact that no financial help has yet been given to British vessels; and whether he will introduce at an early date the necessary legislation to authorise the payment of a subsidy?

Mr. Stanley

Legislation will be introduced and full details of the schemes will be laid before Parliament as soon as possible.

Miss Ward

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that in normal circumstances the legislation would probably have been introduced earlier; and will he give consideration to the possibility of making the subsidy retrospective?

Mr. Wedgwood Benn

Is the right hon. Gentleman at the present time making promises or gifts of public money without any statutory authority?

Mr. Gallacher

Is there any intention, when the Bill is introduced, of providing a subsidy for old age pensioners?