§ 12. Mr. GIBBINS
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of Asiatic and foreign seamen employed on British ships?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The first crews of all British vessels on the register of ports in the United Kingdom on 31st December, 1925, which were employed in trading in the course of the year 1925, were made up as follow: British, 166,059; foreign, 11,173; Lascars, 52,899. I hope to publish shortly figures relating to the position in 1926.
Is the right hon. Gentleman's Department doing anything to increase the proportion of British seamen?