HL Deb 10 February 1902 vol 102 c825

My Lords, I beg to ask the noble Earl how the continuous discharges have been found to work, and if they have in any way diminished what used to be rather a prevalent evil—the practice of men failing to join their ships after engaging themselves and signing the ship's articles.


It is rather early yet to say definitely whether they will be a success, because they have only been in operation for a year. But, as far as we can judge, they are working satisfactorily and we have every reason to hope that if they are properly supported by both owners and masters they will prove to be a success and tend to minimise many of the evils of which my noble friend is well aware.

House adjourned at a quarter before Seven o'clock, to Thursday next, a quarter past Four o'clock.