HC Deb 01 May 1939 vol 346 cc1513-4W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many orders for merchant vessels had been placed since, and under the conditions of his scheme for assisting the building of merchant ships in the United Kingdom, Scotland, the Clyde, and Greenock, respectively; and what is the prospective gross tonnage thereof, respectively?

Mr. Cross

I have obtained from ship owners particulars of orders for cargo liners and tramps which they intend to submit for consideration under the scheme of grants for new ships proposed in my right hon. Friend's statement of 28th March. The orders notified as having been actually placed with United Kingdom yards since 28thMarch cover 143 vessels of 680,000 gross tons; 56 of these, of 275,000 gross tons have been placed with yards in Scotland, including 37 vessels of 200,000 gross tons to be built on the Clyde. of these latter four of 25,000 gross tons are for building at Greenock.