§ Mr. Carmichael
asked the Minister of Transport how many ships have been built with the aid of Government loans in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of these ships are crewed by resident British sailors at United Kingdom rates of pay.
§ Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett
I assume that the hon. Member is referring to ships ordered under the Shipbuilding Credit Scheme, and not to subsidised fishing vessels or ships financed by overseas aid loans.
So far one ship ordered under the Scheme has been completed. All of her crew are resident in the United Kingdom and have been engaged at the standard United Kingdom rates of pay.