§ 16. Mr. T. KENNEDY
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of Class I vessels in the mercantile marine subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Wireless Telegraphy) Act, 1919, of tonnages 1,600 tons to 3,000 tons, 3,001 to 6,000 tons, 6,001 tons to 10,000 tons, 10,001 tons to 15,000 tons, 15,001 tons to 21,000 tons, 21,000 tons and over, respectively; the number of Class II vessels of similar tonnages; and the number of Class III vessels of similar tonnages?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The total number of ships registered in the United Kingdom which were at the beginning of February required to carry wireless apparatus under the Merchant Shipping (Wireless Telegraphy) Act, 1919, was 3,156. The classification of the ships depends on the number of persons carried, and it is not possible to give the exact number of ships in each class without examining all the ships' papers; but it is estimated that there are about 350 ships in Class I, about 800 in Class II, and about 2,000 in Class III.