HC Deb 17 December 1935 vol 307 c1540
37. Mr. R. J. TAYLOR

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the total loss accruing to a seaman whose ship is wrecked and whose personal belongings are thereby destroyed; and whether he proposes to take any steps to make such a loss a liability on the shipowner?


My attention has been called to one case of this kind recently. I understand that the risk is covered to a limited extent by union arrangements in the case of members of the National Union of Seamen and by direct insurance in some cases.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, in any proposed Amendment of the Merchant Shipping Act, he will deal with this matter?


It is primarily a matter for conference between the seamen and the authorities.