HC Deb 07 November 1939 vol 353 c79W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Shipping whether he is aware of the series of disputes affecting Indian seamen concerning conditions of labour, wages, war-risk bonuses, and the employment of police under the Merchant Shipping Act to break up strikes; whether he is also aware that the crew of one of the ships charge the captain with violence and intimidation; and whether, in view of the unfortunate impression these disputes are likely to make, he will take action to secure a general improvement in the condition of Indian seamen, and an inquiry into their allegations?

Sir J. Gilmour

I am aware of the disputes mentioned by the hon. Member, but I have no information that police are being employed to break up strikes. I am aware of one case in which the members of the lascar crew have made allegations of violence against the captain, but I have received no evidence in support of the allegations.

With regard to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to his question of the 24th October on this subject.