§ Mr. HAVELOCK WILSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the death from consumption, on 13th October, 1908, of an Asiatic fireman named Hamidall Noorhuroody, a member of the crew of the steamer "Baron Balfour," of Ardrossan; whether the seaman was medically examined before joining the vessel; whether he had any previous sea service; whether the Board of Trade surveyors have satisfactorily reported on the ventilation of the stokehold; whether he can state how much coal was required to be worked by the stokehold hands every 24 hours; and whether any previous cases of death from this disease have occurred on this vessel?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The Shipping Master at Aden has reported the death from consumption of the fireman Serang Hamidall Noorhuroody, in Aden Harbour on 13th October last. The man had been medically examined before joining the ship. As he was a Serang he would never be employed trimming or stoking, and probably had had previous sea service. As the vessel has not been in the United Kingdom since the date of the occurrence, the Board of Trade Surveyors have not had an opportunity of reporting on the ventila- 159W tion. The owners state that the number of firemen and trimmers was 16, and that the amount of coal worked every 24 hours was approximately 19 to 20 tons. No other death from consumption has occurred on board this vessel during the last three years.