American Construction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine. – in the House of Commons at on 7 May 1941.

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Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the vessels now being built in the United States of America on account of the British Government will or will not be of higher speed than those at present under construction at home; and whether he can make any statement regarding these speeds and matters resulting there from?

Captain Hudson:

It would not be in the public interest to give the information requested.

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping whether he has been officially informed by the United States of America Government how many million tons of new shipping will be available by 1942 for use by this country; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I have been asked to reply. I regret that I cannot make any statement on this matter, nor would it be in the interest of the country to disclose to the enemy the amount of shipping tonnage available or likely to become available to us.