HC Deb 27 March 1950 vol 473 cc4-5W
72. Sir P. Macdonald

asked the Minister of Transport why he has prohibited the sale of secondhand ships abroad except to Germany; and whether he will modify this policy in the near future.

Mr. Barnes

I am afraid the hon. Member must have been misinformed. In the 12 months ended 28th February, 1950, permission was given for the sale abroad of 380,243 gross registered tons of secondhand ships, of which only 42,250 tons went to Western Germany.