HC Deb 01 July 1920 vol 131 cc674-5W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the new Merchant Marine Bill of the United States of America, better known as the Jones' Shipping Bill, which is reported to have become law in the United States, particularly Section 20, dealing with the question of the rebate system; whether the provisions contained in this Clause are detrimental to British shipowners; and can he say what steps His Majesty's Government propose to take to protect the interests of British shipowners.


My attention has been drawn to the new Act, which became law on 5th June. The provisions of Section 20 and of other Sections of the Act, and the possible effects of these provisions on British shipping interests, are now being carefully considered in consultation with the other Departments concerned.