HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 cc1191-2
67. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many warships have now been returned from the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics; and how many have been delivered to the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics from the ex-enemy navies.

Mr. Dugdale

Seven British warships have been returned from the U.S.S.R. Eight ex-Italian, 34 ex-Japanese, 13 ex-Finnish, 18 ex-Roumanian, 765 ex-German warships, including miscellareons auxiliaries, have been delivered to the U.S.S.R. The German warships were allocated by the Tripartite Naval Commission which gave the U.K. 620 and the U.S.A. 661 under the same allocation.

Mr. Hughes

Has the Parliamentary Secretary any information as to how many more are coming back from the U.S.S.R.?

Mr. Dugdale

That is another question. More will come in due course. As hon. Members are aware, in comparing the number received from Italy, the number of ships returned to us is based on the tonnage rather than on the actual number of ships.