HC Deb 23 July 1919 vol 118 c1408W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller (1) why the German ships at Valparaiso have not yet been transferred to British management; if those which were recently wrecked were in any way insured; and, if so, has the Government received or will it receive the insurance money; (2) why no answer has yet been given to the definite proposal, which would involve no expenditure to the Government, by a Canadian firm to rent and repair the German ships in South American waters; and what active steps have been taken by the Government for the repair and refitting of these ships?

Colonel WILSON

As regards insurance, I have no information as to what arrangements, if any, had been made by the German owners. With regard to the remainder of the hon. Member's questions, I regret that I cannot add anything to the answer I gave him on 17th July.