§ MR. W. E. HARVEY (Derbyshire, N.E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a crew was engaged for the steamer "Resolute" on the 6th June at the port of Sunderland; whether he is aware that this vessel only engaged three qualified able seamen; whether he can 332 state if the superintendent reported the matter to the Board of Trade surveyor at the above port; an I what action, if any, was taken.
§ MR. LLOYD-GEORGE
I find that the deck hands engaged on the "Resolute" on the 10th instant were one boatswain, three A.B.'s, one ordinary seaman, and two deck hands. The two last served in the ship on the previous voyage as A.B.'s, but could not be entered as A.B.'s on the present voyage as they were unable to prove their title to that rating. The manning complied with the minimum requirements, and it was there-I fore not necessary to report the case to the surveyor or to take any special action with regard to it.