HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 cc27-8W
108. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why Italian firms are not allowed to purchase scrap from old ships of the Italian navy in British possession.

Mr. Dugdale

As the Italian Peace Treaty is not yet in force there are at present no Italian warships in British possession. I should prefer not to make any statement about the future of the ships which will be allocated to this country until the time has come for them to be handed over, but I hope that it will be possible to give the House in the near future a little more information which will be of interest in connection with the hon. Gentleman's Question.