HC Deb 03 July 1923 vol 166 cc265-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will cause inquiries to be mace into the case of E. Parker, a fireman on the transport "Montgomeryshire"; for what reason this man has been imprisoned and under what Act was he tried at Constantinople; whether the crews of transports are regarded as belonging to the mercantile marine or the Admiralty; and, if the former, why they require to obtain naval passes for leave ashore?

Viscount WOLMER

The crews of transports are engaged under Board of Trade agreement by the owners of the ships. No information is available in the Board of Trade regarding the case of E. Parker, or whether naval passes are required by crews of transports, but inquiry on these points will be made.