§ 1. Colonel DAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the number of lascars sailing on British vessels and in what capacity; and whether he can state the wages paid to lascars in British currency?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)
The latest available information as to the numbers of lascar seamen employed in the British Mercantile Marine was given in an answer to the hon. Member for Southampton, a copy of which I sent to the hon. and gallant Member on the 24th March. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table containing information as to the wages paid to lascars and the approximate equivalents in English currency.
§ Following is the table:
|Rating.||Rupees per month.||Approximate equivalent in English currency.|
|Engine Room Department:|
|2nd Class. Butler||50||3||15||0|
|1st Class Pantryman||40||3||0||0|
|Mess Room Boys||30||2||5||0|
§ Note.—The foregoing rates are the rates ordinarily paid to lascar crews engaged at Calcutta, but slightly higher rates are sometimes paid to certain ratings in the steward's department. The rates for crews engaged at Bombay are slightly higher, for all ratings, than those ruling at Calcutta.