HC Deb 24 March 1925 vol 182 cc217-8
5. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if lascars and other coloured nationals of the British Empire are considered as British seamen where that term is used?


I presume that the hon. and gallant Member is referring to Board of Trade statistics of the employment of British seamen. The methods of obtaining these statistics were explained at length in an answer given on the 17th December last to the hon. Member for Southampton, a copy of which I am sending the hon. and gallant Member. In Tables II and III, containing statistics of seamen employed, Lascars are shown separately. The term "Lascar" includes all Asiatics and East Africans engaged on agreements which are opened and terminated in Asia, and other seamen are classified as "British" and "foreign." In Table I, relating to the engagements of seamen at ports in the United Kingdom, there are no Lascars.