HC Deb 11 December 1928 vol 223 cc1927-8W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether regulations are making it imperative for all ships to have wireless transmitting and receiving apparatus, with at least one qualified operator and a continuous wireless watch, human or efficient automatic; and does this apply to all ships in the lighthouse service?

ness may not afford any true indication of the burden of its debts; for example, the burden of the French external debts to the United States of America and to Great Britain is substantially less than the nominal amount of these debts owing to the favourable nature of the settlements offered by the creditor Powers. Further, in the case of Germany, it is impossible to give a definite figure for the total indebtedness, including her reparation debt, because the Dawes Plan, while requiring an annuity of £125,000,000 from 1928 onwards, did not fix the number of years during which the annuity should continue. The figures should be read subject to these qualifications.


The present British law and regulations require all passenger ships and all ships of 1600 tons gross to be provided with wireless apparatus and at least one operator; and if they carry more than 50 persons they must keep a continuous watch. Lighthouse tenders would not be subject to the requirements unless they came within one of these classes.