§ Mr. WINDSOR
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of unemployed British seamen and the approximate number of foreigners at present employed on British ships?
§ Dr. BURGIN
On the 2nd March, 1936, there were 31,994 unemployed seamen aged 18 years and over on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain. The number of seamen employed in British ships is ascertained only at a date when the yearly census of seamen is taken and the latest information relates to 15th June, 1935. On that date about 6,300 foreign seamen (other than lascars) and 43,000 Iascar seamen (British subjects and foreigners) were employed in sea-trading vessels registered at ports in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.