HC Deb 03 March 1908 vol 185 cc510-1
MR. HAVELOCK WILSON (Middlesbrough)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his Department has received any Report with regard to the mutiny of a crew of Chinese seamen on board the British steamship "Queen Eleanor" recently at the port of New York; if he can give any information as to why this Chinese crew refused to proceed to the River Plate; if he has received any report as to a previous mutiny of this crew whilst the "Queen Eleanor" was lying at Philadelphia, when it is alleged that the Chinamen attacked the officers of the ship; whether he has any official information showing that when the "Queen Eleanor" arrived in New York several of the Chinamen were in the ship's hold under guard; whether the Board of Trade intend to take any steps to inquire into the whole circumstances in connection with the trouble on board the "Queen Eleanor" in consequence of the employment of Chinamen; and whether the result of such inquiry will be laid upon the Table of the House.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) The Board of Trade have not received a Report regarding the matter referred to. Information is being obtained as to the circumstances of the case, and the question of taking action will be considered.