Oral Answers to Questions — Cunard Steamship Company.

– in the House of Commons on 7th February 1933.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the probable commercial advantage of the completion of the new Cunard liner, he will consider the advisability of issuing bonds guaranteed wholly or in part by the Treasury to ensure the completion of the ship and in the interests of employment connected therewith?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward) on the 24th November last, to which I am not in a position to add anything.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

May I ask whether the Cunard Company have expressed any view as to the desirability of this ship being built in view of the present Atlantic trade, and whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer can say how many men would be put into work by the completion of this vessel?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

As regards the first part of the Supplementary Question, I have no reason to suppose that the Cunard Company are not still convinced that it is desirable to build a vessel of this sort. As regards the second part of the question, the hon. Member must give me notice.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Cannot the Chancellor of the Exchequer get into touch with the Cunard Company with a view to this ship being commissioned because three out of every five men engaged in the shipbuilding industry in this country are unemployed. Cannot he get into touch with the company and get work started on this ship?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

All these matters are under review by the Government.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

This is too serious a matter for the Government always to tell us that these matters are being considered. They have been telling me that for a year. I want to know what the Government are going to do.