HC Deb 07 November 1949 vol 469 c90W
44. Sir R. Acland

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will publish the reports furnished to his Department in recent weeks relating to the living conditions in the crew's quarters in the s.s. "Adviser."

Mr. Callaghan

Reports made by Ministry of Transport surveyors are confidential documents, but the facts were before the Court which tried cases concerning this ship at Northfleet and at which a surveyor gave evidence. As that evidence showed, an official of the National Union of Seamen agreed with the Surveyor that the accommodation was reasonable and habitable. It is not of the standard to be found in new ships and the owners have been asked to put right certain minor defects, and to consider the possibility of making improvements.