HC Deb 20 February 1940 vol 357 cc1125-6
18. Mr. D. M. Adams

asked the Minister of Shipping whether he is aware that many of our ships are not accepting the protection of the convoys; and will he take such measures as are necessary to compel that all vessels shall avail themselves for protection in convoys so as to prevent undue suffering, loss of life, and the loss of tonnage?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. Shakespeare)

I have been asked to reply. I have not heard of any case in which a British ship has refused to take advantage of the convoy facilities offered.

Mr. Adams

Will the hon. Gentleman look into this question, if I give him a case?

Mr. Shakespeare


Sir P. Harris

How many ships are preferring to go on their own independently of the convoy because they are of higher speed and can go much faster than the convoy?

Mr. Shakespeare

That is rather another question. We provide the convoys in every case that is expedient.

Mr. Shinwell

Is it not true that many ships would be glad to take advantage of the convoy, but the Admiralty cannot provide it?

Mr. Shakespeare

I do not think so.