HC Deb 20 March 1930 vol 236 c2155W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in how many cases in which British seamen lost their lives in foreign ports during 1929, His Majesty's diplomatic representatives at, or nearest to, the port watched any subsequent legal proceedings; and if His Majesty's diplomatic representatives have any general duties and instructions as to dealing with such incidents?


I could not, without considerable search, give the number of the cases referred to in the first part of my hon. Friend's question. As regards the second part of the question, His Majesty's diplomatic and consular representatives watch all such cases as a matter of course. Special directions for dealing with questions relating to deaths of seamen occurring on board ship are contained in the Instructions to Consular Officers issued by the Board of Trade.