HC Deb 11 December 1922 vol 159 cc2402-3W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that sailors who have been shipwrecked are in many cases paid off in a foreign port and receive no more wages, although two months or more may elapse before they reach a homo port; and whether he will recommend an amendment of the Merchant Shipping Act to provide for the payment of wages in such cases until the sailors arrive home?


Under existing law a seaman's wages cease on the wreck or loss of his ship, and if the wreck occurs abroad, some time must elapse before he can reach a home port. A Convention, which was signed at Genoa in June, 1920, provides for the payment of wages for a limited time in such cases, and the question whether legislation should be introduced to give effect to this Convention is now being considered by the Board of Trade and Ministry of Labour.