May 18, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Right Hon. S@

The recommendations referred to have been considered by the Government and the subject matter discussed with other Overseas Premiers and the Premier of Great Britain. An Imperial Shipping Committee was appointed by the British Government in June, 1920, to inquire into and report on all matters connected with ocean freights and facilities and on all matters connected with the development and improvement of sea communications between the different parts of the Empire. On this committee Canada and other Overseas Dominions are represented. This committee has been in session and a preliminary report has been made on ship-owners' liabilities under bills of lading and matters pertaining thereto. This will doubtless be followed by reports on other phases of the subject being investigated by the above-named committee. After this investigation is finished and the reports made, what action, if any, is to be taken by the Government will have to be

determined after the reception and consideration of these reports of the committee.

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