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.
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?
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?