§ 56. Mr. SANDYS
asked the President of the Board of Trade in how many cases during the past five years have proceedings been taken by the Board of Trade in respect to offences arising out of nuisance and overcrowding on board ship so far as officers and crews are concerned?
§ Mr. BURNS
I presume the hon. Member's question refers to the matter of crew spaces. It has not been necessary to institute any prosecutions during the past five years for non-compliance with the regulations as to crew spaces, as any irregularities can be dealt with by the power of adding the tonnage of the space to the registered tonnage of the vessel, and this power has been found to meet the case sufficiently.
§ Major ARCHER-SHEE
What is the object of calling this International Conference if you cannot consider all these points?
Sir GILBERT PARKER
Is it the case that this Government have the power of deciding what questions should be discussed at the International Conference?
Sir G. PARKER
Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the representation which my hon. Friend has made, because it is extremely important?