18. Mr. T. WILSON
asked whether a few days ago a Chinese crew signed on for a ship chartered by the Admiralty at Cardiff was paid off and a British crew engaged instead; if so, will he state the reason for this action; and whether the Admiralty have now definitely decided to engage British seamen whenever and wherever they are available?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
A British crew was engaged for a ship in Cardiff, the Chinese crew of which had been paid off. The Admiralty prefer, and have always preferred, a British to a foreign crew whenever it could be obtained.