HC Deb 10 September 1942 vol 383 cc318-9W
Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour what maritime conventions adopted by the International Labour Office remain unratified by this country; and what action it is proposed to take in the matter?

1942. Mr. Bevin

I append a list of the maritime conventions adopted by the International Labour Conference which have not been ratified by this country, and a copy of the resolution on the subject which was adopted at the recent meeting of the Joint Maritime Commission. In accordance with the proposal in this resolution the Minister of War Transport proposes to discuss the position with the National Maritime Board at an early date.

Following is the list:

Placing of Seamen, 1920;

Repatriation of Seamen, 1926;

Officers' Competency Certificates, 1936;

Holidays with Pay (Sea), 1936;

Shipowners' Liability (Sick and Injured Seamen), 1936;

Sickness Insurance (Sea), 1936;

Hours of Work and Manning (Sea), 1936;

Minimum Age (Sea (Revised)), 1936.

Following is the resolution adopted at the 12th Session of the Joint Maritime Commission held in London 26th–30th June,In view of the fact that a number of important Conventions on maritime questions adopted by the International Labour Organisation have so far not been ratified by various Member Governments, including those of important maritime countries. And in view of the special urgency of measures to promote the safety and wellbeing of seafarers. The Joint Maritime Commission urges Governments to ratify as soon as possible those Conventions which present no substantial difficulties and to institute immediately national consultations between the Governments and the organisations of shipowners and seafarers on the other Conventions to see whether the essential principles of those Conventions are capable of early application and whether the obstacles to ratification can be overcome.

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