§ Sir A. Wilson
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the desirability of providing in emergency legislation for the payment of wages by shipowners or charterers to seamen, whose ship has been wrecked or lost, up to the date of their arrival at their home port instead of, as at present, under Section 158 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, up to the date only of the wreck or loss of the ship?
§ Mr. Cross
Section 158 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, has been amended by the Merchant Shipping (International Labour Conventions) Act, 1925, under which a seaman who is unemployed by reason of the wreck or loss of his ship is entitled to wages up to two months after the loss of his ship, unless the owner shows that the unemployment was1826W not due to the wreck or loss of the ship, or that the seaman was able to obtain suitable employment. In these circumstances, my right hon. Friend does not think further legislation is called for.