§ Mr. D. GRENFELL
asked the President of the Board of Trade the proportion of United Kingdom-born seamen, of British citizens from overseas and of foreigners, serving on British ships in 1923 and 1933, respectively?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The information asked for cannot be given for the years 1923 and 1933, but particulars are available in respect of the years 1921 and 1931. Of the total number employed on 19th June, 1921, and 26th April, 1931, on sea going vessels (except yachts) registered at ports in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, under Part I of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, seamen other than Lascars were recorded in the following proportions:
— 1921. 1931. Per cent. Per cent. Born or naturalised in the British Islands. 61.1 65.0 Other British Subjects 5.2 4.2 Foreigners …… 7.1 5.0 Note.—"British Islands" include Great Britain and all Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.