§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement about the role of the requisitioned trawlers in the South Atlantic and the position of the crews from these vessels who lost their source of income as a result of the requisitioning of the vessels.
§ Mr. Sproat
The five trawlers requisitioned for the South Atlantic task force in mid-April were taken up as auxiliary minesweepers: they are the "Cordella", "Junella", "Farnella" and "Northella", owned by J. Marr and Co., and the "Pict", which belongs to British United Trawlers. It has been agreed that payments by shipowners to trawlermen put on shore as a result of the requisitioning are proper claims for the Government to meet, and some reimbursement in respect of the crews of some of the ships concerned has already been made.