HC Deb 04 October 1939 vol 351 cc1970-1W
Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the position of a sailor whose ship has been sunk during the war; whether he will be found another situation, compensated for loss of effects, and paid compensation or pension in case of injury?

Major Lloyd George:

Under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (International Labour Conventions) Act, 1925, a seaman is entitled to wages in respect of each day on which he is unemployed, up to a maximum period of two months, if his unemployment is due to the wreck or loss of his ship and suitable employment cannot be found for him.

As regards loss of effects or disablement due to war damage or war injury, he is entitled to compensation in accordance with the schemes made under the provisions of the Pensions (Navy, Army, Air Force and Mercantile Marine) Act, 1939. (S.R.O. 1070 and S.R.O. 1252.)