§ Mr. H. Macmillan
asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether he can state the number of vessels chartered for coastwise traffic around the coast of the United Kingdom; the percentage of such vessels which are Foreign; the tonnage carried by them in each of the years 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1936; and, if possible, the number of Foreign sailors and of British sailors engaged by these vessels?
§ Mr. Runciman
I regret that the information desired is not available, since the navigation returns furnished to the Board of Trade relating to the coasting trade include the repeated voyages of the vessels. These returns do not include particulars of cargo carried or personnel employed.