HC Deb 27 January 1902 vol 101 cc955-6
MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the fact that the British steamship "Monomoy," now at the Port of Barry, is engaged by His Majesty's Government for the purpose of conveying mules from New Orleans to a South African port; whether he is aware that this steamer engaged her crew at Bremen in Germany, and that the crew is composed of foreigners; and will he say what steps he intends to take to insist upon a British crew being carried on this vessel while she is engaged in Government service.


The steamship "Monomoy" is not, and has not at any time been engaged by the Admiralty, or by any other Government Department. Steamers belonging to the same Company have, however, been employed by contractors who have contracts at "cost insurance and freight" rates for the delivery of forage. It is not possible to make stipulations with regard to the composition of the crew in ships of this class.