HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 c2364W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the United States immigration authorities at Port Arthur, Texas, have imposed a fine of 420 dollars, about £90, upon a British ship because of the failure of the master to submit a crew list in the approved form; that compliance with these American immigration regulations by British shipping will entail very heavy expenditure by the latter; that crews will require to be signed on two days before sailing from ports where United States consulates exist; and whether he will urge upon the United States authorities a modification of these Regulations?


I am aware of the case to which the hon. Member refers. American Regulations require the lists of the crew to be visé by a United States Consul, but arrangements have been made here which are calculated to prevent delay to ships. If the hon. Member will be so good as to furnish me with his reasons for thinking that these Regulations will cause expense and delay to shipping, I will look into the matter further.