HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 cc2287-8
38. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he has any information as to the nature of the recent transaction between the United States of America and Canadian Governments on the transfer of Canadian vessels to the United States of America?

Mr. Noel-Baker

As my hon. Friend will recognise, any transaction between the Governments of Canada and the United States about the transfer of ships is a matter for those two Governments. For some time, no merchant vessels have been transferred by Canada to the United States, and, so far as I am aware, no merchant vessels have at any time been so transferred which have not been subsequently re-transferred on bare-boat charter to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Shinwell

Is there not an Allied shipping pool, and are not the arrangements for the use of merchant shipping co-ordinated?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir, certainly; and as a result of the co-ordination we have been getting ships on Lend-Lease terms as a result of extremely generous action by both Governments.