§ 8. Mr. Day
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the approximate number of foreign seamen, other than lascars, employed as at the last convenient date in sea-trading vessels registered at ports in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Isles; and the number of lascars who were of non-British nationality?
The number of seamen employed on British ships is ascertained only at a date when a census of seamen is taken. On 15th June, 1936, about 5,400 foreign seamen (other than Lascars) were employed on sea-trading vessels registered 187 at ports in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands; the proportion of foreigners was 3½ per cent. and the lowest ever recorded. The number of Lascars of non-British nationality employed is not known.