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Caribbean Colonies (Shipping)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give the number of passengers sailing between the United Kingdom and British West Indies in British ships and in foreign ships, outward bound and homeward bound, during 1948, showing how many of such passengers were officially of committee of inquiry, deputations, Government Departments and Government-sponsored organisations.

The numbers of passengers carried in British ships sailing between the United Kingdom and the British Caribbean Colonies during 1948 were: Outward bound—4,285; Homeward bound—3,985. Of the outward bound passengers 1,975 travelled at the expense of His Majesty's Government or of the Colonial Governments concerned. I regret that I have no information regarding the numbers of passengers who travelled on foreign ships, or regarding the total number of homeward bound passengers on British ships whose passages were paid for by Government.