Foreign-Butlt Steamships.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 16th July 1925.

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Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

53.

asked the President of the Board of Trade the tonnage and value of the 71 steamers constructed for British owners on the Continent during the past three years?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

Of the 71 ships built on the Continent and placed on the British register during the last three years, 42, with a gross tonnage of 02,898 tons, were steamships; 3, with a gross tonnage of 186 tons, were motor ships; and 26, with a gross tonnage of 5,028 tons, were sailing ships. Information as to their value is not available.

Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

54.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is a Board of Trade Regulation that British-owned steamers of foreign construction must show in a prominent place an indication of the country of origin?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

Even-British ship has to have a certificate of registry, which shows, amongst other things, where the ship was built, but that certificate is generally kept amongst the ship's papers. There is no legal requirement that the country of origin must be prominently marked on a ship.

Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it would be useful to have the country of origin marked in a prominent place on the steamer, so that those who travel by it might know whether they are travelling in a British-built ship or in one of foreign construction?

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Would it be a good thing to advertise foreign shipbuilding in this country?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I think there are a good many considerations on both sides in regard to the suggestion.