Oral Answers to Questions — Ice Patrol, North Atlantic.

– in the House of Commons on 1st March 1938.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give particulars of the amounts contributed towards the expenses of the North Atlantic ice patrol for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date, and the respective contributions made by the various countries?

Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

The total cost of the North Atlantic ice patrol for the 1936 season (March—July) was $152,203, of which the share of this country was 40 per cent., or $60,881. The other contributions are:

Per cent.
United States18
Germany10
France and Italy (each)6
Netherlands5
Canada and Norway (each)3
Belgium, Denmark and Sweden (each)2
Japan, Spain and Russia (each)1

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Why does the contribution from Great Britain so greatly exceed those of other nations?

Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

The contributions are based on the amount of shipping belonging to the respective Powers crossing the North Atlantic, and I think it is very satisfactory to know that we have 40 per cent. of it.