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.
§ 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?