HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 cc802-3W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether the German ships in Chilean waters are to be inspected by a representative of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company in order to ascertain what repairs are necessary; whether the British Government intends to use them for the transport of Chilean nitrate in the near future; and, if so, why this course is adopted in view of the announcement that the management of these ships was to be handed over to the United States?


His Majesty's Government have just received confirmation from the United States Government of the variation of the original plan by which German ships in South America due to be delivered under the Armistice arrangements were to be dealt with by the United States. These will now be dealt with by His Majesty's Government. Certain provisional inquiries had been made previously as indicated in the question. No decision, however, has been arrived at as to the employment of the vessels.