HC Deb 21 February 1939 vol 344 cc208-9
76. Mr. Logan

asked the Undersecretary of State for India what protection is available for lascars employed in ships carrying the German flag; and to whom should these British subjects apply if, in the course of their employment, matters arise which require inquiry and adjustment?

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.

77. Mr. Logan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many German vessels trading to the Far East employ lascar labour on Asiatic articles of agreement; what wages are paid to the lascar ratings; and how do they compare with the wages paid to the German members of the crews?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I have no information, but am asking the Government of India for a report.

Mr. Logan

Is it possible to get any figures?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I hope so. That is what we have asked the Government of India for.

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