Oral Answers to Questions — Shipbuilding Contracts.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1924.

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Photo of Mr Robert Murray Mr Robert Murray , Renfrewshire Western

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that a well-known firm of Belgian shipowners is desirous of placing an order for the building of four ships at Port Glasgow, and for this purpose has sought assistance under the Trade Facilities Act, offering at the same time satisfactory and undoubted security; that the Trade Facilities Advisory Committee has refused to sanction such assistance for the reason that there are in the meantime ships lying idle; and whether, since other orders of a, similar character have already been lost to this country and placed abroad under the same conditions, he will take steps to ensure that this order and similar orders are not lost to British shipbuilders in the interest of shipowners?