HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 cc970-1W
Mr. Kirby

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make on the subject of foreign competition in the British coasting trade; whether he is aware that the Carriers Shipping Company had recently to lay up two steamers because of such competition; and how many more such steamers in the United Kingdom have been laid up for the same reason in the last 12 months?

Mr. Cross

The question of foreign competition in the coasting trade was dealt with in the reports submitted to me by the Joint Shipping Policy Committee of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom and Liverpool Steam Ship Owners' Association, and was taken into consideration by the Government in reaching the decisions announced in my right hon. Friend's statement on shipping policy on 28th March.

United Kingdom Vessels of 100 tons gross and over, classified as coasting liners and coasting tramps respectively, laid up in ports of Great Britain and Ireland at various dates according to returns compiled by the Chamber of Shipping.
Date. Liners. Tramps.
Number. Gross Tons. Number. Gross Tons.
1st January, 1938 32 41,374 8 3,147
1st April, 1938 31 40,229 26 16,899
1st July, 1938 25 27,852 34 21,847
1st October, 1938 40 56,163 30 17,045
1st January, 1939 48 61,398 27 14,426
1st April, 1939 36 46,888 22 12,160