§ Sir J. GILMOUR
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British-owned ships sold abroad for breaking-up purposes in the years 1931, 1932, 1933, and for the nine months ended September, 1934; also the 'amount of foreign scrap imported in this country in the corresponding years?
Mr. RUNCIMAN, pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 6th November, 1934, col. 798, Vol. 293], supplied the following statement:
Vessels of 100 tons gross and upwards registered at ports in the United Kingdom, the registers of which were reported to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen as closed on account of sales to foreigners, and which have subsequently been reported by Lloyd's Register of Shipping to be broken up.
Tons Gross. 1931 210,776 1932 331,684 1933* 300,000 1934* to 30th September 160,000 * Provisional.
absence of a previous conviction as being in itself a sufficient reason for advising mitigation of the penalty imposed in such a case.