HC Deb 24 May 1894 vol 24 c1166

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the advisability of adding two bona fide shipowners to the Committee on the Manning of Ships from the Opposition side of the House of Commons, seeing that only one of the four Members already nominated is a shipowner and three are supporters of the present Government?

MR. BURT (who replied)

said: I must remind the hon. Member that the Committee referred to is a Departmental one, and the hon. Members who have so kindly consented to serve were selected irrespective of their political opinions. Two of the four Members are interested in shipping, and there are besides three representatives of shipowners on the Committee. Indeed, an opinion has been expressed in some quarters that the shipowners have very full representation on the Committee.