HC Deb 10 March 1925 vol 181 c1154W
Captain A. EVANS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, seeing that where a British ship is transferred or disposed of, or the services of a seaman terminated otherwise, at a port out of His Majesty's Dominions, adequate provision must be made for his maintenance and for his return home to a proper return port, and that in the case of a seaman whose service terminates similarly at a port abroad but within His Majesty's Dominions he is entitled to no provision of this kind, he will consider, in conjunction with any legislation he has in view, the desirability of provision being made that seamen whose service terminates abroad, whether within or without His Majesty's Dominions, in the manner stated shall be entitled to maintenance, passage home, and wages until arrival home at a proper return port; and whether, masters not being seamen within the terms of the Merchant Shipping Acts, he will make similar provision in their case also


If my hon. and gallant Friend cares to send me in detail his reasons for proposing these changes in the law, I will consider them, but he will realise that there are objections which would require very careful consideration before any decision to legislate could be taken.