British Ships (Foreign Built)

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 7th March 1928.

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Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

48.

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of ships built abroad, and their tonnage, to the order of British owners and registered in this country during each of the last five years?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

The total number of new ships built abroad, and registered as British, during the five years was 127, of a total tonnage of 162,452. With my hon. Friend's permission I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the figures for each year which he desires.

Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

May I ask if the figures at the hon. Member's disposal show a progressive decline?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

The figures for 1927 are the highest for any year so far as tonnage is concerned, though not in number.

Photo of Mr Thomas Johnston Mr Thomas Johnston , Dundee

May I ask whether these are the same British owners who entered into international agreements and rings which deliberately penalise British trade?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

That does not seem to arise out of the question.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

In view of the fact that his Department have been advertising "Buy British goods," and that the bulk of the people who have bought these ships are members of his own party, will the hon. Gentleman make representations to them?

Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

Is it not a fact that the reason why the figures for last year are higher than before is that it was impossible to build these ships in this country owing to the coal strike of 1926?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

Question Time is the time for asking for information, not for giving information.

Photo of Mr Joseph Batey Mr Joseph Batey , Spennymoor

But, Mr. Speaker, that is not giving information.

Following are the figures:

The number of new ships built abroad and registered in Great Britain and Northern Ireland as British ships in each of the last five years was as follows:

Year.Number of Ships.Tonnage (Gross).
19232110,810
19242922,173
19252844,967
19262837,429
19272147,073