§ 9. Mr. HALL-CAINE
asked the President of the Board of Trade the countries by which the Government has been asked to convene a maritime conference to help the shipping industry; what is the agenda for such a conference; and what has been the reply of the British Government?
§ Dr. BURGIN
The Government has not been asked by the Government of any other country to convene a maritime conference to help the shipping industry, but as stated in the Press on 6th April, the Danish, Netherland, Norwegian and Swedish Ministers in London have, on behalf of their respective Governments, stated that if the British Government should convene a conference on the position of shipping, their Governments would be willing to send delegates. A reply is being sent to the effect that note has been taken of the representations. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the Press statement on the subject.