§ Sir D. Robertson
asked the Minister of War Transport (1) if he is aware that at least 50 American modern oil-burning cargo ships are obtainable for British use at a rate equal to the voyage costs of operation; and if he will take steps to acquire them;
(2) if he is aware that the large U.S. refrigerator vessels known as C.2 reefer type may be available for essential British use as their war duties 267W are ending; and, in view of his urgent need for 10 refrigerator ships, if he will take immediate and appropriate action with the U.S. war shipping administration.
§ Mr. Strauss:
My collaboration with the U.S. shipping authorities remains close and continuous. Ships under U.S. flag have been and will continue to be available in our trades in accordance with arrangements already made. In particular, I am exploring with the War Shipping Administration the possibility of obtaining the use of refrigerated tonnage.