HC Deb 10 November 1926 vol 199 c1091W

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if his attention has been called to the Imperial fast ship scheme, consisting of seven new large 22-knot ships, of a type which does not now exist, for a new service between Britain and Australia, via India and Ceylon, for the carriage of mails, passengers, and refrigerated and general cargo; whether, in view of the advantages which is claimed, the new service could offer for inter-Imperial trade, not only between Britain and Australia, but between Britain and India and between Australia and India, careful attention will be given, or has been given, to the project by the Imperial Government; and whether, in view of the public announcement by the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Stanley Bruce, that the success of the new scheme would depend upon the co-operation of the Imperial and other Dominion and Colonial Governments concerned, he can assure the House of the Imperial Government's ready co-operation?


I would refer the hon. Member to my reply yesterday to questions on this subject by the hon. Members for South Shields (Mr. Harney), Islington, North (Sir H. Cowan), Kirkdale (Sir J. Pennefather), and Richmond (Sir Newton Moore).

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