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Shipping (Statistics)

Volume 465: debated on Friday 27 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport how many ships of 6,000 tons and upwards are still retained under the control of his Department; and how many of these are employed on trooping, and aiding emigration overseas, respectively.

The number and tonnage of ships of 6,000 gross registered tons and upwards, owned, requisitioned or time chartered by my Department are as follows:

NumberGross Tons (Thousands)
Troopships and Hospital Ships
Vessels employed as troopships14178·4
Vessels fitting out as troopships236·4
Hospital ship17·8
Vessels being reconditioned after trooping and prior to return to owners7132·6
Vessels employed for emigration or as civilian transports9124·1
Vessels fitting out for such employment349·3
Vessels on Commercial Service
Government owned and under management of shipping companies pending sale430·1
Government owned and chartered to shipping companies24174·4
On bareboat charter from the Canadian Government and sub-chartered to shipping companies58412·5
In addition, I have entered into an agreement with the owners of three liners operating from the United Kingdom to Australia whereby for four years all passenger accommodation in the ships on, the outward voyages to Australia is placed at my Department's disposal for emigration purposes.