HC Deb 22 June 1937 vol 325 c1000
5. Mr. Gallacher

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Mr. P. Byrne, a seaman on the steamship "Palmella," was fined by the authorities at Oporto, on 29th May, the sum of 670 escudos,£6 3s., for being ashore without a pass; whether there is any recognised scale of fines operated by the Portuguese authorities; and, if so, whether, in view of the hardship caused to seamen, representations will be made to owners of ships visiting Portuguese ports that notices should be prominently displayed warning seamen of the danger of leaving their passes behind when they go ashore?

Mr. Stanley

I am aware of the facts mentioned in the first part of this question. I understand that the master of the "Palmella" had warned Mr. Byrne, and the other members of his crew, of the consequences of going ashore without a pass. With regard to the last part of the question, I am calling the attention of the Shipping Federation to this case.

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