HC Deb 17 March 1925 vol 181 cc2034-5
5. Mr. HAYES

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that on the British steamship "River Tyne," whose articles were opened at Palermo in October, 1924, alien labour was engaged at wages £3 per month less than the standard rate laid down by the National Maritime Board; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with such infringements of the law?


The attention of the Board has recently been called to this case, into which investigations are being made. Instructions are being given to consular officers concerned to inform masters that the standard rates must be paid.


What steps will be taken by the Board of Trade to enforce those conditions and to penalise owners who transgress?


With regard to this particular case, I could not say until I have had an investigation made. With regard to the general question, as I have said, consular officers concerned have been instructed to see that masters understand the Regulations.

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