HC Deb 13 April 1937 vol 322 c784
52. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the reports he has received from his surveyors show that they have been able to secure any of the improvements suggested in the recommendations of the Shipping Federation Committee for the welfare and comfort of the crews on merchant ships; and what progress has been made?

Mr. Runciman

Yes, Sir. The recommendations referred to are now being generally adopted by shipbuilders and owners, and they are substantially incorporated in a revision of the Board of Trade Instructions to their surveyors which is now under consideration by the Merchant Shipping Advisory Committee.

Mr. Day

Is it not a fact that many ships have been constructed lately without proper consideration for the quarters of the crew, or their comfort or welfare?

Mr. Runciman

I have dealt with that point.