HC Deb 24 July 1879 vol 248 cc1169-70

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is the fact that a large number of merchant seamen who formerly contributed to the maintenance of Greenwich Hospital, and who are now incapacitated by age and infirmity from following their calling, derive no benefit from their contributions to the funds of the hospital; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will take any step to remedy the grievance in question?


Sir, no communication has been addressed to me on the subject of the hon. Member's Question since I have held my present Office, and I have no facts before me to enable me to say whether the supposition upon which it is based is a correct one; but, as far as I have been able to ascertain in the Office, I am inclined to doubt it. If the hon. Member would be so good as to send me a statement on the subject, I should be happy to inquire into it carefully, and to give him the fullest information I can in the matter; and if he should think it desirable I will lay upon the Table of Parliament the Correspondence between us.