§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, when the evidence taken before the Manning Committee will be in the hands of Members; and, if it would be possible to bring up to date, as a Return, the figures contained in Appendix No. 3 to the Report?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
I have ascertained that the Report of the Manning Committee will probably be circulated on Saturday next, and the evidence and appendices in about three weeks time. The figures given in Appendix A, No. 3, are taken from some Tables which were compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and printed for the use of the Department in 1893. I have already decided to have a similar return prepared for the present year, but as the figures have to be extracted from the log and list of each vessel, a considerable period must of necessity elapse before the return can be completed.