HC Deb 29 November 1938 vol 342 c259W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the number of British Mercantile Marine officers employed on sea-trading vessels registered in the United Kingdom and Scotland, respectively, in 1911, arranged according to grades; and what are the corresponding figures for 15th June, 1937, or other latest date?

Mr. Stanley

The following statement shows the number of British officers employed on 3rd April, 1911, and 15th June, 1936, respectively, on sea-trading vessels registered in the United Kingdom, including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

3rd April, 1911. 15th June, 1936.
Masters 7,908 3,796
Deck and Navigating Officers. 12,268 8,191
Ships' Engineers. 17,301 13,786
Total 37,477 25,773

These totals are not strictly comparable, owing, inter alia, to the separation of Eire from the United Kingdom. The statistics do not distinguish crews of vessels registered in Scotland.