HC Deb 26 March 1914 vol 60 c547
64. Mr. PETO

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, as regards the proportion of aliens serving on British merchant ships, he has considered the value of the fishing industry as a recruiting ground for British seamen; and whether he will consider the desirability of amending Section 126 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, with a view to removing the disability whereby fishermen are compelled to put in twelve months' service in a trading vessel before being legally qualified to sign ships' articles as able seamen?


The suggestion in the hon. Member's question has been under consideration by the Board of Trade, and it will be borne in mind when a favourable opportunity arises for an amendment of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Acts in regard to the qualifications for the rating of A.B.