HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 c239W
102. Mr. Keeling

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what requests he has received from the Merchant Navy for permission to fly the Union Jack forward in addition to the Red Ensign aft; and whether the suggestion has been further considered.

Mr. Dugdale

I have now received representations from the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the Officers (Merchant Navy) Federation, which are under consideration.

Mr. Callaghan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty for what reasons the privilege of flying the Union flag forward on the jack staff has been refused to British merchant ships; and if, in view of the strong wishes of many Merchant Navy men, he will reconsider the matter.

Mr. Dugdale

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given today to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling).