HC Deb 05 July 1949 vol 466 c1948
23. Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many seamen on ships visiting Scottish ports from abroad have ordered free spectacles, false teeth or wigs with a view to delivery at the time of the ship's next visit; and whether he intends to stop this practice.

Mr. Woodburn

It is estimated that not more than two dozen pairs of glasses have been supplied to foreign seamen visiting Scottish ports. I know of no dentures and certainly there have been no wigs. I do not consider that any action is called for.

Mr. Keeling

Can the Secretary of State say whether this method whereby foreign seamen can milk the British taxpayer is, in fact, being followed?

Mr. Woodburn

This nation is the greatest seafaring nation in the world, and we are hoping to arrange reciprocal treatment for our seamen when they go abroad.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can the Secretary of State give the statistics for wooden legs?

Mr. Woodburn

No, Sir.

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