§ The Under-Secretary of State for India (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)
The engagement of lascars by masters of foreign ships is regulated by Sections 38–41 of the Indian Merchant Shipping Act, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the three forms of agreement which may be made under Section 38. All these forms provide that, if any member of the crew considers himself aggrieved by any breach of the agreement or otherwise and does not get satisfaction from the master or officer-in-charge of the ship, he shall apply to a British Consul at a foreign port, or to the shipping master at a British port.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead
I have no information, but am asking the Government of India for a report.