§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the description of the 48 vessels in Iraq purchased by Lord Inchcape for £10,000; what was their original cost to the State; whether they were in use before the sale; and what was their general condition?
§ Sir S. HOARE
As regards the first part of the question, the vessels referred to were three small steamers, four tugs, 27 barges and pontoons, and 14 motor and pulling boats. As regards tie second part of the question, the vessels were taken over from the Army in 1922, and I am informed that particulars of their original cost are not available. As regards the1018W
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I understand that the matters to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers are at present engaging the attention of the Standing Committee on Mineral Transport, recently appointed, with terms of reference which include the review of the equipment available for the transport of coal from the coalfields and the methods of conducting such transport.