HC Deb 23 May 1939 vol 347 cc2065-6
26. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state, according to his records, the amount of tonnage that has been ordered by British enterprises from German shipbuilders not for their own individual use, but as a means of withdrawing credit balances from that country; and will he give particulars of any official statistics that are available?

Mr. Stanley

There are no official statistics from which any such information could be obtained.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is proposed to take any steps to protect either shipping interests or shipbuilding from the vessels so purchased abroad?

Mr. Stanley

I am afraid that I do not quite understand the hon. Gentleman's question.

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