HC Deb 05 July 1923 vol 166 cc618-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the wages of the crew of the s. s. "Trevessa" automatically stopped when the vessel became a wreck; whether it is intended to introduce legislation so as to remedy such an anomaly; and, if not, whether a grant can be made from public funds to deal with this and similar cases?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I am informed that the owners of the vessel are paying the crew full wages up to their arrival in this country. The question of introducing a Bill is under consideration.


Will the Government recognise in any way the heroic feat of seamanship for which these men were responsible by making a grant to them out of public funds; and in regard to proposed legislation, is it intended to introduce such legislation at an early date?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I am afraid that I cannot hold out any hope of a grant from public funds. Legislation will be introduced as soon as Parliamentary time permits.

Lieut. - Commander KENWDRTHY

Will the hon. Gentleman inquire whether the company are taking steps to see that the dependants of these men are not suffering?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I will make that inquiry.


Does the hon. Gentleman realise the hardship which is often imposed upon the families of sailors from the stoppage of wages after the wreck of a vessel, and is this not a matter for urgent legislation in order to prevent this thing going on as in the last few years?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

Yes, Sir; I do realise that.


Is the Government prepared to take any steps to recognise the heroism of these men?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I have already answered that question.