§ 58. Mrs. Braddock
asked the Minister of Transport how many liner class vessels are owned by his Department in addition to the ex-Anchor liner "Cameronia"; for what purpose his Department acquired the liners they now own; by whom the liners owned by his Department are operated; and what is the overall cost of running.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
In addition to the "Empire Clyde" (ex-"Cameronia"), my 81W Ministry owns 15 ships of the passenger-liner class. The names of the ships, the services on which they are at present
Name of ship Services on which at present engaged Name of managers "Captain Cook" … On charter to New Zealand Government for carrying emigrants from U.K. to New Zealand. Donaldson Bros. and Black Ltd. "Captain Hobson" … do. P. Henderson and Co. "New Australia" … On charter to Australian Government for carrying emigrants from U.K. to Australia. Shaw, Savill and Albion Co. Ltd. "Asturias" … Troopship Royal Mail Lines. "Empire Fowey" … Troopship P. and O. Steam Navigation Co. "Empire Orwell" … Troopship Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. "Empire Halladale" … Troopship Anchor Line Ltd. "Empire Ken" … Troopship Royal Mail Lines. "Empire Trooper" … Troopship Gray, Dawes & Co. Ltd. (British India Steam Navigation Co.) "Empire Windrush" … Troopship New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. "Empire Wansbeck" … Troopship Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd. "Empire Parkeston" … Troopship General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. "Empire Pride" … Troopship Bibby Bros. & Co. "Vienna" … Troopship Railway Executive (Eastern Region) "Georgic" … Troopship with seasonal charter to the Cunard Co. for passenger service on North Atlantic. Curnard Steamship Co. Ltd.
The cost of running the three ships on migrant services is borne by the Commonwealth Governments concerned. It is estimated that the running costs of the troopships will be at the rate of £6¼ million during 1953–54.