HC Deb 12 May 1958 vol 588 cc6-7W
53. Mr. McKay

asked the Paymaster-General whether he will give a general direction to the National Coal Board that, in importing raw materials and particularly pit props, it should deal only with British shipping companies.

54. Mr. Randall

asked the Paymaster-General what general directions he has given to the National Coal Board regarding the nationality of shipping chartered by it for the conveyance of pit props into this country.

Sir I. Horobin

My noble Friend has given no such direction and does not propose to do so. Flag discrimination would be contrary to the country's traditional shipping policy.

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