§ Mr. J. Howard
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether the Government are continuing to advise British shipowners to avoid using the Suez Canal in view of the discussions that are proceeding in Cairo and of the reports that a number of ships are passing through the Canal.236W
§ Mr. Watkinson
Yes. The Government are continuing to advise British shipowners to avoid using the Canal until the position is clearer. British shipowners are following this advice. Only comparatively few foreign ships have passed through the Canal since it was reopened and the shipowners of the other major maritime nations have adopted a policy similar to our own.