§ MR. HAVELOCK WILSON (Middles brough)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that seamen discharged from ships at Continental ports and repatriated to ports in the United Kingdom are not provided with proper accommodation on the passenger steamers; whether he is aware that the crew of the British steamer "Ragore" were sent from Antwerp to Harwich, and the seamen 53 in question had no place to sleep in, and were unable to obtain any refreshments in the second-class accommodation, and that no accommodation is provided for third-class passengers on the Great Eastern steamers; and whether he will instruct consuls, when deciding the amount by which seamen will be repatriated, that proper accommodation is provided for the seamen who are being sent to the United Kingdom.
(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) I have received no complaint from the crew of the "Ragore," but I understand that the Great Eastern Railway Company decline to accept seamen except as third-class or deck passengers from Antwerp to Harwich. I am in communication with the company and will
|* The figures for 1885 include public health rate, which was then levied parochially along with the poor rate.|
§ The figures for 1907 are given, as the official figures for 1908 are not available.