Orders of the Day — British Shipping (Assistance) Bill.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th July 1939.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham 12:00 am, 19th July 1939

That is an extraordinary explanation. Surely the right hon. Gentleman does not expect to argue that because the Government resisted their demand it justifies the grant of an additional amount. But every man to his taste. If that argument suits the right hon. Gentleman he can have it. I repeat that, from the evidence of the White Paper, the Government are more generous than the shipowners ever expected them to be. When we come to the liner defence fund we find that although the shipowners asked for £5,000,000 the Government propose £10,000,000. I hope that the right hon. Gentleman can give us a similar explanation for that generosity.