HC Deb 03 September 1880 vol 256 c1185

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If he will state what steps, if any, Her Majesty's Government are taking to extend to other ports in the United Kingdom the system recently established in the Port of London of receiving seamen on their arrival, and sending them immediately to their homes; and, whether some arrangement will be made for keeping a record, by a register or otherwise, of the place to which each seaman is sent under this system?


Steps were taken by the Board of Trade in the autumn of last year to extend to certain other ports in the United Kingdom—Liverpool, Cardiff, Dundee, Plymouth, Leith, and Shields—the system recently established in London for sending seamen to their homes immediately upon their arrival in port; and arrangements are in progress for extending this system to Bristol, Swansea, Glasgow, and Greenock. The Merchant Seamen (Payment of Wages, &c.) Act of this Session will enable the Board to extend this system to the whole of the ports of the Kingdom. Full records are kept of the places to which the seamen are sent under this system.