HC Deb 29 November 1938 vol 342 cc257-8W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many British merchant ships, excluding tankers, available for the carriage of food, raw materials and men were laid up in 1914 in the United Kingdom and the Clyde, respectively; and what are the corresponding figures at the present time?

Mr. Stanley

No statistics are available regarding laid up tonnage in 1914. According to the latest return of laid up tonnage published by the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom, the number of vessels, of all sizes, classified in the return as "British," laid up at all ports in the United Kingdom on 1st October last was 165, excluding tankers, sailing vessels and non-trading vessels.

the names, tonnages, and type of all small ships under 1,500 tons constructed in each of the last 10 years for all departments and organisations supervised by the Board of Trade?

Mr. Stanley

The required information is as follows:

Of this number it has been ascertained that three were laid up on the Clyde (Gareloch).