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British Ships (Repairs Abroad)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 21 March 1949

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69 and 70.

asked the Minister of Transport (1) the number of British ships repaired at Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam, respectively, since August, 1945; and the respective total costs of the same;(2) the number of British ships which have been repaired in shipyards abroad since August, 1945; the yards at which the repairs were undertaken; and the total cost of such repairs.

I have no information about the period before September, 1947, but since then 27 ships have been permitted to carry out repairs other than voyage and running repairs abroad at a total cost of £833,000. Of these eight were repaired at Antwerp costing £222,000, one at Hamburg costing £13,500, six at Rotterdam costing £45,000, one partly at Antwerp and partly at Rotterdam costing £34,000. Of schemes on roads in England which have been approved and on which work has been started or is likely to start during 1949. I am unable to say what further schemes will be approved and commenced during the year.

Following are the particulars

the remaining ships two were repaired at Trieste, eight at Amsterdam, and one at a Swedish port.