§ Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the number of British shipowners who in 1954 and 1955, respectively, transferred their ships to foreign service where the welfare conditions for the crews are below the standards required in this country.
§ Mr. Watkinson
In 1954 63 United Kingdom registered ships of 500 gross tons and over owned by 47 owners were transferred to foreign ownership and left the British register. The corresponding figures in 1955 were 84 and 57. I regret that I am unable to say what provision is made for the welfare of crews in foreign ships.