§ Major GLYN
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many ships of 500 tons and upwards registered as British ships have been transferred to a foreign register during the 12 months, June, 1929, to June, 1930, and by how many ships has the British register been reduced in the same period?
§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
213 British vessels of 500 tons gross and upwards were reported to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen during the 12 months ended 30th June, 1930, as having bad their registers closed on sale of the vessels to persons not qualified to own a British ship. No information is available as to how many of these vessels were subsequently registered under a foreign flag, or how many were broken up. During the period in question, there was a net increase of 168 in the total number of vessels on the British register.