MR. R. G. WEBSTER
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether a Departmental Committee is now sitting to inquire into the causes relating to the progressive diminution in numbers of British sailors in the mercantile marine, and the great increase of 769 foreigners certified as pilots competent to navigate vessels into British ports and harbours; whether the power of suggesting remedies for this condition of affairs conies within the scope of their terms of reference; and when this Committee will probably issue a report.
§ MR. RITCHIE
I think my hon. friend is under some misapprehension, for no such Committee as that to which he refers is now sitting.