HC Deb 27 April 1926 vol 194 cc1825-6
13. Mr. T. KENNEDY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that an apprentice attached to the s.s. "Buteshire" recently failed in the Board of Trade examination; whether, seeing that such failure was due to this apprentice's time being largely occupied on wireless watches instead of spending his time training as a professional seaman and that the Board was assured by the owners of the vessel that only a small percentage of this apprentice's time was spent keeping wireless watches, the Board of Trade has satisfied itself as to the truth of this assurance; and, if not, what steps will be taken to inquire into the matter?


My attention has not previously been drawn to the case to which the hon. Member refers; but if he will give me the name of the candidate, and the date and place at which he was examined, I will inquire into the matter.