§ Sir P. Dawson
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now completed the preliminary examination of a scheme for compensation for war risks and will he make a statement on the Government's plan; and, in particular, whether it covers merchandise at home and at sea as well as fixed property?
As regards the question of property in the United Kingdom, I cannot at present add to the answers I gave on 2nd and 9th November to the hon. Member for Dudley (Mr. Joel). As regards merchandise at sea, I would refer to the answer given by my predecessor on the 3rd March, 1936, to the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash (Colonel Ropner), in which he stated that schemes for the insurance of British ships and cargoes against King's Enemy Risks have been prepared and can be put into force immediately should necessity arise.